January 20, 2016 2:27:00 am
A Delhi court Tuesday sent Bhawna Arora, accused of throwing ink at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a rally Sunday, to judicial custody for 14 days. It observed that her act was “committed with due intention and planning” and “to malign the reputation of a duly democratically elected head of state”.
Rejecting her bail plea, Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar said the alleged offence committed by her was “grievous and serious in nature”. Bhawna had moved a bail plea before the court after her one-day police custody expired Tuesday.
“…The accused, with pre-meditated intention, tried to insult and assault a public servant, who is the Chief Minister of Delhi, before a public gathering….,” said the court.
“After hearing both sides and considering the facts and circumstances of the present case, this court is of the view that the offences are grievous and serious in nature. Therefore, I am not inclined to grant bail to applicant/accused. Accordingly, the bail application is dismissed,” MM Kumar ordered.
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“The behaviour and nature of the act done by the accused also does not entitle her to the bail,” it added.
The court also stated that since investigation is at a “preliminary stage”, the “possibility of conspiracy by other persons cannot be ruled out”.
The additional public prosecutor argued against bail and told the court that “the assault was not only on the CM of Delhi but on democracy”.
However, Bhawna’s counsel told the court that she belongs to a respectable family and that being a woman, she is entitled to bail under sections of the CrPC.
The counsel further argued that she is “being falsely implicated in the case” and that except for Section 353 of the IPC (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), all the other charges slapped against her are bailable offences.
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