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HC grants bail to AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan in chief secy assault case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was under judicial custody in the assault case, was today granted by the High Court with conditions.

Justice 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 Government to videograph the meetings between legislators and bureaucrats, the court said it never intended to encroach into 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 was in retaliation of the FIR lodged against the 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 in its order.

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

The high court 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 through an affidavit.

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

Nandrajog sought modification of a condition imposed in Jarwal's case saying that being a member of the Assembly committee, he would take part in the meetings and any legal action against the could be construed as harassment.

The High Court 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.

The had earlier noted that the case was a reflection of "trust deficit to the hilt" between the members of the and the bureaucrats and suggested that the should videograph the meetings between legislators and bureaucrats to see that no unforeseen incident occurs in future and maintain transparency.

The court had on March 9 granted to Jarwal in the assault case with a warning that any such illegal activity in future would lead to the cancellation of his bail. Jarwal was arrested on February 20 for allegedly assaulting the chief secretary during a meeting at Arvind Kejriwal's residence on the midnight of February 19.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 19:40 IST