BJP MLA Harcharan Singh Balli, sentenced to three-month imprisonment for contempt of the Supreme Court’s order on sealing, on Friday got the court’s permission to attend the ongoing Delhi Assembly session on the condition that he will be taken back to Tihar Jail after the day's proceedings were over.
A Bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat granted the permission on a written request made by Assembly Speaker Chaudhary Prem Singh, who acted on the basis of a communication from Leader of Opposition Jagdish Mukhi asking him to ensure that Balli attended the ongoing session.
The court said Balli will have to make a written request to the jail authorities in this regard. He would be allowed to attend the session only on the day for which he placed a written request and after the proceedings he would be taken back to the prison, it added.
Amicus Curiae Ranjit Kumar opposed the Speaker’s plea on the ground that Balli defied the court’s order in a brazen manner saying he was an elected representative. "It will set a bad precedent," Kumar submitted.
But the court chose to ignore his objection observing that it would depend on the particular case in question. A TADA accused would not get this relief, it observed.
The Court had on Tuesday sentenced Balli to three-month imprisonment for contempt of court after he openly confessed that he broke open seals placed on 22 shops on the court’s order in Raja Garden are of the city last year.
Balli, who had earlier accused the Judiciary of usurping the powers of the Executive, had told the court that he would oppose the sealing orders and was ready to face the consequences.