Matiala MLA Gulab Singh is next in the line of AAP MLAs under a cloud for assaulting public servants. On Wednesday, Singh approached the Delhi High Court for anticipatory bail after an FIR was registered, accusing him and three others of roughing up a junior engineer (JE) of the municipal corporation to stop the demolition of an illegal building.
An FIR was registered on July 21 at the Chhawla police station on the JE’s complaint. He alleged that he had gone to demolish an unauthorised building in southwest Delhi’s Goyla village, when the building owner and other people surrounded him and stopped the demolition. The FIR also alleged that area MLA Gulab Singh was “already present” at the spot and “incited” people to stop the demolition and beat up the MCD officials.
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Three persons, including the building owner, were arrested on the spot by police on charges under sections 186 (obstructing public servant), 332 (causing hurt to public servant), 353 (assaulting a public servant to deter him from doing his duty) 506( criminal intimidation) of the IPC.
However, Singh in his plea claimed that he had been “called” to the spot after corporation officials assembled to demolish the building, and had been trying to “pacify” the crowd. “It is very pertinent to mention that the complainant pointed out the three other accused whom police arrested, but no allegations was made against the applicant/accused. However… the allegation of instigation was later leveled against the accused/applicant,” says the plea.
The plea has also alleged that the three accused were granted bail by the trial court after a day, and that there was no need for Singh’s custodial interrogation.
The anticipatory bail plea was mentioned before the court of Justice Badar Durrez Ahmed and Justice Sanjeev Sachdeva on Thursday, which allowed it to be listed for hearing before the appropriate bench on Friday.