The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted protection from arrest to AAP MLA Jarnail Singh till May 18 who was accused of assaulting a MCD engineer and preventing him from demolishing an illegal colony in west Delhi.
Justice Sunita Gupta, however, asked the MLA from Tilak Nagar constituency to appear before the investigating officer (IO) at 4pm on Thursday and even thereafter "as and when required" to join the ongoing probe.
The court directed Singh "not to make, directly or indirectly, any inducement, threat or promise to any person acquainted with the facts of the accusation against him so as to dissuade him from disclosing such facts to the court or to any police officer."
It also said the petitioner shall not leave Delhi without prior permission of the court.
The court's directions came after a plea by Singh who had moved the high court after the trial court had refused him anticipatory bail on May 2.
While arguing, senior advocate HS Phoolka contended that police were trying to shield 'corrupt' MCD official Athar Mustaffa who had gone to demolish an illegal construction in west Delhi area on April 28 even though he was not the area junior engineer (JE).
Countering him, additional solicitor general (ASG) Sanjay Jain said Mustaffa was on charge that day to head the demolition team.
Phoolka also alleged that JE had demanded money from a house-owner.
The ASG termed it as a "cock and bull story", adding that the owner had built a five-storey house without sanctions and the MLA was trying to protect unauthorised constructions.
"They make big statements against corruption, why are they trying to shield wrong-doers?," the ASG said, adding "he is an MLA, supposed to uphold law, not promote anarchy".
Jain also said custodial interrogation of Singh is required to recover the torn demolition order, and his mobile phone to elicit details of people who had helped him in obstructing government officials in discharging their duties.