Dhananjay Singh, the MP arrested along with his wife Jagriti in connection with the death of their domestic help, was on Wednesday denied bail by a Delhi court which maintained that the allegations against him were “very serious” and given his conduct, he did not deserve any leniency.
The court also directed the police to provide protection to the principal witnesses in the case till their statements were recorded in the trial.
“In view of the previous conduct and antecedents of the accused Dhananjay Singh, he does not deserve any leniency by this court. Therefore, in view of the facts and circumstances of the case, this court is not inclined to grant bail to accused Dhananjay Singh at this stage,” metropolitan magistrate Gomati Manocha said. The court observed that the accused, a BSP member of Parliament from Jaunpur in Uttar Pradesh, and his wife, a dental surgeon at the city’s RML Hospital, are “very powerful persons” while the victims are poor and vulnerable.
It directed the Delhi Police to provide protection to the principal witness, a minor and another maid who were working at Dhananjay’s official residence here at the time of the incident.
The court also mentioned the list of cases provided by police filed against Dhananjay, according to which only two of 31 cases are pending adjudication while in other cases either he had been acquitted or discharged. While rejecting Dhananjay’s bail, the court said he was in a commanding and formidable position and could misuse the benefit of bail.
“He (Dhananjay) has an extensive record of previous antecedents and is in formidable position to misuse the benefit of bail, if granted to him,” the court said. “His conduct in choosing not to inform the police immediately and informing them only after 8-10 hours clearly speaks volume about his conduct,” it added. Dhananjay and Jagriti were arrested on November 5 over the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.