BJP MLA OP Sharma arrested, out on bail in Patiala House assault case

"In the country, people who stop others from screaming "Pakistan Zindabad", if they have to go through this, it is shameful," said OP Sharma.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Updated: February 19, 2016 12:49 pm
op sharma-jnu student attack759 BJP MLA OP Sharma attacking a CPI leader at Patiala House court on Monday. (Source: Express Photo)

BJP MLA O P Sharma, who was caught on camera assaulting a CPI worker at the Patiala House Courts complex Monday, was arrested and released on bail Thursday.

“He was questioned by police for eight hours and later arrested. A case under sections 323 (causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restrain) and 160 (affray) of IPC has been registered against him at Tilak Marg police station,” said a senior police officer.

But police did not record Sharma’s statement, said sources, and soon after his arrest, he was released on bail.

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Delhi Police had come under severe criticism for dragging their feet in the matter, despite video footage of the incident that showed Sharma assaulting the CPI worker in the court complex.

“Sharma was questioned by a senior officer, but his statement was not recorded by police. During questioning, he told police that he was leaving the court premises when someone pushed him. He said he did not know who had pushed him. He said he fell down on one of the protesters and people started beating him up,” said sources.

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The BJP MLA from Vishwas Nagar told police that he merely retaliated when people started to “hit him”, said sources.

After being released on bail, Sharma told mediapersons, “If someone has to pay such a price for stopping someone who was raising pro-Pakistan slogans, then I have got nothing to say.”

On Wednesday, police had issued summons to the MLA as well as three lawyers in connection with the attack on journalists, as well as students and teachers from the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), at the court complex Monday.

Various groups had gathered there for the bail hearing of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar, arrested on charges of sedition.

The lawyers are yet to depose before police.

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  1. H
    Feb 18, 2016 at 6:36 pm
    Brahmins are desperate that they will be driven out of country, a safe page of course, which opportunity they should seize and leave. This show off of so called patriotism (m hysteria among Brahmins) will not hold water like it happened to HINDUTRIOTISM.
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      Abbas Rumani
      Feb 18, 2016 at 2:30 pm
      How can Bi keep him in jail even for one day. He is his party's MLA
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Feb 18, 2016 at 6:04 pm
        We strongly feel that your utterances are like anti-nationals. Do you know that as per media reports, those who gave anti national slogans allegedly belonged to ABVP which is affiliated to BJP ?
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          Vinay Dey
          Feb 18, 2016 at 3:46 pm
          What a travesty of justice.OP Sharma gets bail right away and Kanahya sent to custody for 14 daays.
          1. Satya Paul
            Feb 18, 2016 at 5:17 pm
            Your comment shows your true colour. You give credence to anti national slogans over patriotism!
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