With just enough time to campaign in the Jaunpur Lok Sabha elections - slated for May 12- expelled BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, charged along with his wife Jagriti for the murder of their domestic help Rakhi Bhadra, was let out on interim bail till May 20 by a Delhi court on Friday.
Additional Sessions Judge Lokesh Kumar Sharma granted Singh's bail application on the grounds that he had to take care of his ailing father, who was in a critical condition in Lucknow's Sahara Hospital. The court imposed the conditions that he furnishes a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh along with one surety of the like amount.
The court listed the matter for further hearing on May 6.
During the hearing, counsel for Singh pleaded that his father was critically ill. Learning from past experience, they also filed a verification report in respect of medical documents which stated that Singh's father was critically ill and hospitalized in Lucknow's Sahara Hospital.
In granting bail, the court dismissed the prosecution's objection to the body of the medical report placed on record by Singh's counsel, in that it did not mention a specific date by when his father would recover. This was done deliberately so that Singh would get time to campaign in the up-coming elections, said Misra.
However, the court said that the Representation of People Act allowed individuals to run for elections if they were out on bail, adding that "even if it is presumed that the accused shall also campaign for his own Lok Sabha elections besides looking after his ailing father, then this fact shall not cause any prejudice to the case of the prosecution."
It also dismissed additional public prosecutor A K Misra opposition that Singh had a large family, and could not be the only one able to care for his father because the investigating agency's report had already admitted that there was no family with Singh's father, and that his brothers were not aware of the seriousness of the situation.
Singh, recently expelled from BSP and currently registered to fight the elections as an independent candidate, was arrested along with his wife Jagriti, dental surgeon, on November 5. Their 35-year-old maid, Rakhi Bhadra, had been found dead in the MP's South Avenue residence the day before. The police, in their charge sheet, said Jagriti would "mercilessly beat" her three domestic helps and "compelled" them to work by holding them captive.
Earlier, the police had chargesheeted Mr. Dhananjay in a separate case for allegedly repeatedly raping a 42-year-old railway employee for nearly four years.