Surinder Singh, two others granted bail in assault case
Besides Surinder, who is an MLA from Delhi Cantonment area, Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha also granted relief to the other accused Sanjay Singh, the driver and Praveen, an assistant, on a personal bond of Rs 30,000 each with one surety of the like amount.
The court turned down the police’s plea for judicial custody of the accused and granted them bail observing that none of the offences for which they have been booked were punishable with jail term for more than seven years and there was no chance of their absconding or fleeing from justice.
“Further, the statements of the witnesses under Section 164 the CRPC have already been recorded. Also, the accused are not required for the purpose of custodial interrogation or for the purpose of effecting any recovery.
“Furthermore, it has been averred that this case is actuated by political vendetta. Thus, no prejudice is likely to be caused to the prosecution in case the accused persons are admitted to bail,” the court said.
During the hearing, special public prosecutor Anupam S Sharma said that the accused were trying to fabricate evidence and threats have also been extended to the victim, Mukesh. He said bail pleas of the accused should be dismissed as a sessions court had rejected Surinder’s anticipatory bail plea and as charges under the Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act have been slapped in the case, only a sessions court can hear the bail pleas.
Countering the submissions of police, senior advocate Ramesh Gupta, appearing for Surinder, said: “There is a cold war between AAP and the party which is in power (in Centre).”