Granting AAP MLA Jarnail Singh protection from arrest till May 18, the Delhi High Court has directed Singh to go to the police station and appear before the investigating officer on Thursday.
The Tilak Nagar MLA has been made an accused in a case of assault on a municipal corporation junior engineer, who was allegedly stopped from carrying out the demolition of a building in the Krishna Park extension area in South Delhi last week.
The JE claimed that Singh had torn up the file containing the demolition order and several persons had beaten him up to prevent him from carrying out the work.
During lengthy arguments before the court of Justice Sunita Gupta, the Delhi Police and Singh made allegations against each other. Singh’s counsel accused police of showing “considerable bias”, while police said the MLA’s actions amounted to “protecting the wrongdoer”.
Additional Solicitor General Sanjay Jain, appearing for the Delhi Police, told the court that the custodial interrogation of the MLA was required as he had “torn up the demolition order” and police needed to recover the pieces. Further, the ASG said though Singh had claimed to have made phone calls to police and the Anti-Corruption Branch, they were done after the complainant JE called police.
In their status report, police also informed the court that the video-clipping allegedly made by Singh’s associates had been sent to the FSL for verification, while the medico-legal report of the MCD engineer was “still awaited”.
Singh’s counsel, senior advocate
H S Phoolka, alleged that the JE had asked for a bribe from the homeowners and police were “protecting the corrupt”.
The lawyer also argued that there was no need for custodial interrogation as all the paperwork would be in the files of the municipal corporation.
Taking all arguments into account, the court allowed the anticipatory bail plea filed by Singh.
The court also directed the AAP MLA to not contact any person involved in the case or leave Delhi without the court’s permission.
The court also directed Singh “not to make, directly or indirectly, any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the accusation against him so as to dissuade him from disclosing such facts to the court or to any police officer”.