BJP legislator Ganesh Joshi, who was arrested allegedly for injuring police horse Shaktiman, was granted bail on Tuesday by the Dehradun District Judge with a condition -- not to contact the witnesses.
Joshi’s release on bail means he can vote on the floor of the House on March 28 for his party, which has staked claim to form the government with the help of nine rebel Congress legislators.
The MLA was arrested on March 17, three days after a BJP rally in which a video clip appeared showing him brandishing a stick and appearing to strike the 14-year-old horse. Shaktiman’s limb was amputated after a surgery to fix injuries failed and risk of gangrene was increasing.
Joshi was denied bail on March 18 when the state plunged into a political turmoil following passing of money bill in the assembly.
District judge RD Paliwal on Tuesday granted him bail with riders that the accused MLA will not tamper with the evidences, not contact the witnesses and cooperate in the investigation.
Besides, the MLA was also asked to fetch two bail bonds of `25,000 each.
“We maintained in the court that our client was being framed under unwarranted charges deliberately by the government. Allegations against him were unfounded. He held the stick that could have never hurt the horse on the rally day,” said defence lawyer RS Raghav.
“He will abide by court order and directives in words and spirit,” Raghav said.