The Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court on Tuesday granted bail to UP Congress state president Ajay Kumar Lallu in a case related to allegedly providing fake documents of buses, which the party had arranged to transport stranded migrant labourers from UP border to their home districts during the nationwide lockdown.
Lallu was arrested by Lucknow police in Agra on May 20 soon after he was granted bail for holding protests.
Granting him bail on a personal bond and two sureties to the satisfaction of the court, Justice Attau Rahman Masoodi of the High Court termed the facts of the case “peculiar” and said “the trial court… seems to have erred in rejecting the prayer for bail… A case for grant of bail is made out and more particularly when Covid-19 is constantly threatening human life”.
On June 1, a special MP-MLA court in Lucknow had rejected Lallu’s bail plea saying the charges against the Congress leader were “serious in nature”.
The High Court on Tuesday said that while the courts of law must maintain a distance from making an estimate of political gain or loss, it is the duty of the government and the Opposition to deliver more solutions to public grievances instead of engaging in conflicts.
It is disturbing that the government and the Opposition party are at loggerheads on an issue which has no legal sanctity, Justice Masoodi said in his order.
The High Court also questioned the Congress offer to provide buses to the state government to transport stranded migrant workers during the coronavirus lockdown.
It is true that the Prime Minister and chief ministers had solicited monetary support in view of the pandemic, but there was no appeal for any other service like transportation, Justice Masoodi said, adding there was no occasion for any voluntary organisation or a political organisation to have offered transport services or any other service not solicited by the prime minister or chief minister of the state.
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