High Court grants bail to AAP MLA Amanat­ul­lah Khan

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The Delhi High Court granted bail to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Amanat­ul­lah Khan on Thurs­day but with some con­di­tions. Khan was un­der ju­di­cial cus­tody for al­legedly as­sault­ing Chief Sec­re­tary An­shu Prakash at Chief Min­is­ter Arvind Ke­jri­wal’s res­i­dence.

Jus­tice Mukta Gupta di­rected Khan to fur­nish a per­sonal bond of Rs 50,000 and two sureties of the like amount. With re­gard to its ear­lier sug­ges­tion to the Delhi Gov­ern­ment to video­graph the meet­ings be­tween leg­is­la­tors and bu­reau­crats, the court said it never in­tended to en­croach into the leg­isla­tive do­main and it was “just a re­quest so that no un­fore­seen in­ci­dent takes place”.

The high court clar­i­fied that in case the com­plainant (Chief Sec­re­tary) and other wit­nesses were ha­rassed, it would be for them to show that the ha­rass­ment and in­tim­i­da­tion were in re­tal­i­a­tion of the FIR lodged against Khan.

“The pe­ti­tioner (Khan) has served an in­car­cer­a­tion of more than 20 days and no fur­ther cus­to­dial in­ter­ro­ga­tion is re­quired. So the pe­ti­tioner be re­leased on bail,” the court said.

The court also asked him not to tam­per with ev­i­dence or in­tim­i­date or ap­proach the wit­nesses in any man­ner.

The HC im­posed other con­di­tions that Khan, who was ar­rested on Fe­bru­ary 21, will not leave the coun­try with­out prior per­mis­sion of the court and in case of change of his res­i­den­tial ad­dress,

he should in­ti­mate it to the con­cerned court.

At the out­set, se­nior ad­vo­cate Sud­hir Nan­dra­jog, ap­pear­ing for Khan, sought relief for the Okhla MLA seek­ing par­ity with another AAP MLA Prakash Jar­wal, who was re­leased on bail with con­di­tions on March 9.

Nan­dra­jog sought mod­i­fi­ca­tion of a con­di­tion im­posed in Jar­wal’s case say­ing that be­ing a mem­ber of the Delhi Assem­bly com­mit­tee, he would take part in the meet­ings and any le­gal ac­tion against the Chief Sec­re­tary could be con­strued as ha­rass­ment. The HC also noted the sub­mis­sions of the Delhi Po­lice, which gave a sta­tus re­port stat­ing that Khan was named in 12 crim­i­nal cases, of which he has been dis­charged in three while 8 cases are pend­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

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