Former Haryana minister Gopal Kanda, an accused in a former airhostess suicide case, on Wednesday sought interim bail from a Delhi court contending that he would attend state assembly session and discharge his obligation towards his constituency.
Additional sessions judge MC Gupta reserved his order on Kanda's plea after hearing arguments from his counsel and the prosecution.
The Delhi police also moved an application for reducing the period of interim bail granted to Kanda's co-accused Aruna Chadha.
Aruna was granted interim bail till November 11 on Monday for attending religious and family events.
Earlier during the arguments, Kanda's counsel senior advocate Ramesh Gupta said:
"He (Kanda) is an MLA from Haryana and he wants to attend the assembly session for which he is seeking interim bail."
"He is an MLA from Sirsa which is a big constituency. He has to perform many obligations and welfare activities for his people. Funds for his constituency are lying unutilised. Public is suffering, in the end."
The counsel also said Kanda had been in custody for over 14 months now and the police investigations were complete and there was nothing left for the police to apprehend that he might hamper the case.
Additional public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan opposed his plea for interim bail saying "there is reasonable apprehension of his tampering with the evidence."
"In February 2013, there was a session of Haryana assembly. When Kanda did not feel the need to seek bail for attending it, why is he seeking interim bail for this session? There is reasonable apprehension of him tampering with the evidence."