A Delhi court on Thursday granted bail to AAP’s Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan, who had been arrested in connection to a sexual harassment case filed by his sister-in-law.
The legislator was arrested on Wednesday morning, after being questioned at the Sarita Vihar police station.
The AAP MLA had earlier on September 18 walked into Jamia Nagar Police station with his supporters to get himself arrested. The police then had refused to apprehend him. The MLA then had said that police were “under pressure” to arrest him, a charge that senior police officers had refuted.
Khan was granted bail after investigators told the court that he was not required for custodial interrogation.
Metropolitan magistrate Vijeta Singh Rawat allowed bail to Khan on a personal bond of Rs 35,000. The court ordered Khan not to contact the woman who filed the complaint against him. The court also told him not to take his supporters along with him to the police station, if he is asked to join the investigation again.
The court said that if the bail terms were violated, the investigating officer (IO) could approach the court for cancellation of Khan’s bail.
The court passed the order after the IO said that the politician was not required for custodial interrogation and the probe regarding him was complete.
Khan was arrested on a complaint by his relative under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506(criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was lodged at the Jamia Nagar police station.
Khan’s arrest on September 21 was the second time in three months. He had earlier been arrested on July 24 for threatening a woman who had gone to his house to raise the issue of power cuts. He was released on bail on July 28.
Meanwhile, following the arrest of another party MLA Somnath Bharti and his own name having been mentioned as an accused in an FIR, chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
“I am amazed at a time when PM should be working on Uri, his machinery is working overtime to get AAP MLAs arrested or me implicated in false cases,” the Aam Aadmi Party leader tweeted, referring to the terror attack on an army camp in Uri in Kashmir that left 18 soldiers dead.
AAP leader Dilip Pandey said: “We want to tell Modiji that AAP leaders and MLAs do not fear getting arrested. Hang us, if you (Modi) want, for doing public welfare work.”