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BSP MP gets bail in murder case, to stay in jail on rape charge

BSP MP Dhananjay Singh. BSP MP Dhananjay Singh.
Express News Service | New Delhi | Posted: March 23, 2014 2:38 am

BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, who along with his wife Jagriti Singh has been chargesheeted in connection with murder of their maid, was Saturday granted interim bail for two months by a Delhi court.

ASJ Lokesh Kumar Sharma granted interim bail to Dhananjay, a sitting MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Jaunpur constituency, on a personal bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of the same amount.

However, despite getting interim bail, Dhananjay, who was arrested on November 5 last year, will have to remain in Tihar Jail under judicial custody as he has not been granted bail in a separate rape case in which he is facing trial. A 42-year-old Railway employee had accused him of raping her for four years.

Delhi Police opposed the bail plea of Dhananjay saying there was no new ground or change in circumstances for releasing him on bail. Police told the court that the two prime witnesses in the case have been provided security cover as ordered by a magisterial court last year.

Senior advocate Hariharan and advocate S P M Tripathi, who appeared for Dhananjay, argued that since the two key prosecution witnesses in the case had already been provided protection by police, there was no likelihood of him trying to intimidate them. The defence counsel argued that there was no possibility that the MP would tamper with the evidence or influence the witnesses in the case. They said Dhananjay had to look after his ailing father and as the chargesheet has already been filed, no useful purpose would be served by keeping him in custody.

Dhananjay had approached the court after his bail plea was dismissed on February 22 by the court on the ground that he could intimidate witnesses who are yet to be examined.

The magisterial court, while dismissing the bail plea of Dhananjay on November 20 last year, had directed police to provide protection to the principal witnesses till the time their statements were recorded.

Dhananjay has been chargesheeted for various offences under IPC, including alleged destruction of evidence and abetment of murder and attempt to murder.

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