Haryana Sports Minister Sukhbir Singh Kataria was granted bail by a trial court in Gurgaon on Friday,in the bogus voter ID cards case that dates back to the 2009 Assembly elections.
Kataria had been absent from all hearings,until he appeared for the hearing of his petition for anticipatory bail.
He,along with six other accused,had been booked under IPC Sections 420 (cheating),467 (forgery of valuable security),468 (forgery for purpose of cheating),471 (using as genuine a forged document) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).
They had failed to turn up in court despite summons being issued to them.
Trial court Judicial Magistrate Ashok Mann granted Kataria bail under the conditions that he would not influence any of the key witnesses,tamper with any documentary evidence and deposit a surety bond of Rs 50,000. The six other accused did not appear for the hearing.
The court has scheduled the next hearing for May 4.
O P Kataria,the petitioner from NGO Matdata Jaagrukta Manch,had filed a case of forgery and criminal conspiracy in the Gurgaon court in 2012,alleging that Sports And Youth Affairs Minister S S Kataria,retired Food And Civil Supplies official D S Kadyan and five others had forged documents and made 32,000 fake voter ID cards to help the minister win the 2009 elections,the counsel for the NGO said.
The minister applied for anticipatory bail on Tuesday. Additional Sessions Judge S K Khanduja ordered Kataria to appear before the trial court to seek bail.