Prashant Bhushan’s assaulters out on bail
A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to three people arrested for assaulting noted lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan in his Supreme Court chamber on Wednesday.delhi Updated: Oct 14, 2011 23:56 IST
A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to three people arrested for assaulting noted lawyer and anti-corruption activist Prashant Bhushan in his Supreme Court chamber on Wednesday.
“The accused are admitted on bail on furnishing of a personal and surety bond of Rs 25,000 each. They will not visit the premises of the Supreme Court without prior permission from this court,” Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar said.
The court also rejected the plea of the Delhi Police claiming they needed to interrogate accused Tejender Pal Singh Bagga, Vishnu Gupta and Inder Verma in their custody for two days to unravel the conspiracy behind the attack on Bhushan, also a key member of Team Anna, and to arrest their fourth accomplice.
“I do not find any proper ground for seeking police custody of the accused. The remand application is rejected,” the court said, adding they are charged with the offences of assaulting, trespass and conspiracy under the IPC.
“Except the offence of trespassing, all other offences are bailable,” the magistrate said.
While arguing on the bail plea of the three accused, the defence lawyers said their clients did not trespass into Bhushan’s chamber and, in fact, had taken an appointment to meet him to seek clarification on his “anti-national” statement on Jammu and Kashmir.
Bhushan had reportedly said that a plebiscite should be held in Jammu and Kashmir. “If you carefully examine the video footage, it is clear that one of the accused (Verma) had injuries on his face before they allegedly assaulted the lawyer (Bhushan). In fact, the complainant, along with his staff, roughed up the accused,” one of the defence advocates said.