Millennium Post (Kolkata)

HP: MLA, Cong rebel’s father skip police appearance despite HC order


An independen­t MLA and the father of a Congress rebel on Friday defied a High Court order to join investigat­ion in a case related to “electoral offences”, citing health issues, the police said.

The case against the duo, Hamirpur Independen­t MLA Ashish Sharma and Gagret’s now-disqualifi­ed MLA Chetanya Sharma’s father Rakesh Sharma, and others was registered on Sunday following a complaint lodged by Congress MLAs Sanjay Avasthi and Bhuvneshwa­r Gaur.

The Himachal Pradesh High Court on Tuesday granted them interim anticipato­ry bail.

After hearing of the anticipato­ry bail petition filed by Rakesh and Ashish, Justice Ranjan Sharma directed the applicants to register their presence in Boileaugan­j police station here on March 15 and cooperate in the investigat­ion.

However, the duo did not go to the Boileaugan­j police station on Friday. Their advocates visited the police station and cited health reasons for their absence.

They produced medical certificat­es and asked for seven days of relaxation, the police said, adding that the high court would be informed about the developmen­t.

The Himachal Pradesh police had on Sunday registered a case against the duo and other MLAs over “electoral offences”, bribery and criminal conspiracy related to the recent Rajya Sabha polls in which six Congress MLAs had voted for the BJP candidate from the state.

The Congress legislator­s lodged a complaint alleging “horse trading,” financial influence, and criminal conspiracy, seeking investigat­ions into money trading, helicopter and security force misuse, and criminal misconduct.

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