Court refuses to shield MLA Jarnail Singh from arrest

High Court also wants status report from police regarding the assault case filed against MLA Jarnail Singh.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: May 6, 2015 2:59 am
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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday declined to give interim protection from arrest to AAP MLA Jarnail Singh, who is accused of participating in preventing an MCD engineer from demolishing an unauthorised building, causing damage to state property and beating up the engineer.

The court of Justice Sunita Gupta has issued notice to the police to respond to Singh’s plea for anticipatory bail and asked the police to file a status report regarding the incident. The court, however, declined the plea by the MLA to give anticipatory bail so that he is not arrested on Tuesday itself. The matter will now be taken up on Wednesday.

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According to the FIR filed at the Tilak Nagar police station on April 28, South Delhi Municipal Corporation junior engineer Athar Mustafa had gone to Krishna Park extension with other MCD officials and police officers to demolish an unauthorised building. The owner of the building, however, called neighbours and area MLA Jarnail Singh, who allegedly abused the officers and beat up Mustafa. The complaint also alleges that Jarnail singh tore up the file on the demolition.

Singh’s counsel, senior advocate HS Phoolka, told the court that the MLA had in fact called the police and had remained in the police station for several hours after the incident. The lawyer also said that the Delhi Police commissioner had made “misleading” statements to the media and had called Singh an “absconder”, even though he had filed an anticipatory bail plea.

In his arguments, Phoolka also admitted that a district court had already dismissed Singh’s plea for anticipatory bail on Saturday. The court, however, did not accept Phoolka’s arguments, as the lawyer was unable to produce proof that the MLA had been present at the police station or had called the police.

In his plea, Singh has said that the FIR against him was a “result of consultation, deliberations and confabulations”.

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  1. P
    May 6, 2015 at 10:16 am
    1. G
      May 6, 2015 at 5:46 pm
      AAP government has many people with crminal charges and they should all resign till proven not guilty.
      1. G
        May 7, 2015 at 3:37 am
        We see two important issues here: (1) A lawful order being prevented from execution through thuggery (2) Arrogance of the politically powerful. It is time we Indians learned that just because a new party forms, the people don't magically change. It is time for us to recognize that the rot is not just in the political parties but also in our court system and in the enforcement machinery. So, expecting AAP legislators to behave differently is ridiculous. AAP supporters do themselves a disservice with their blind defense of AAP politicians.
        1. H
          May 6, 2015 at 2:28 pm
          More dirty tricks by BJP MCD & Delhi Police controlled by BJP. People of the area know very well what had happened. It's still time for BJP to learn from the results of Delhi election, if they don't want to match Congress's score in the next election.
          1. J
            May 7, 2015 at 2:05 am
            Manjunath is a congress operative who has only one agenda: Destroy the AAP because it is directly in contradiction to the corrupt and morally bankrupt congress/BJP nexus. Congress and BJP are chock full of criminals and rapists. Yet Manjunath has the audacity to cast aspersions on honest middle cl activists.
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