A BJP MLA arrested on the charge of making casteist remarks at a party worker was on Wednesday granted interim bail by a Delhi court. It also pulled up the Delhi Police for its blatant exhibition of institutionalised discrimination between the common man and the elected representatives.
Kulwant Rana,an MLA from Rithala constituency,was granted interim bail for three months by Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau on an undertaking that he would not indulge in any criminal activity in future making himself liable to prosecution.
Rana,who was taken to custody on courts order on April 22 after he surrendered before it,was granted bail on a bond of Rs 1 lakh and two sureties of like amount.
He was named in the chargesheet under the Scheduled Castes and Schedules Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act after a case was registered against him on a complaint by Karan Singh,a member of BJPs Kisan Morcha.
Noting that Rana was a habitual offender with a history of cases of rioting,obstructing traffic on highways,obstructing DDA,MCD and police officers from performing their duties with brazen use of criminal force,the judge directed him not to approach the complainant,surrender his passport and appear before the court regularly while on bail. The court had taken note of all the cases against Rana dating back to the 90s.
In its order,the court also pulled up the police for not arresting Rana initially citing apprehension of law and order problems and then opposing his bail plea after he was remanded in custody by the court.
Insofar as the IO is concerned,the less said the better. He is obsessed by the status of the accused as an elected representative. The police in our country even after 65 years of Independence is yet to come out of its colonial mindset. There is a blatant exhibition of institutionalised discrimination while applying the law, the court said.