Advocate assault case: BJP councillor’s bail plea rejected

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jul 10, 2014 13:59 IST

A local court on Wednesday rejected the bail plea of BJP councillor Prabhjit Singh Rataul in the case relating to the assault on local advocate Vineet Mahajan and his brother Aneesh.

The bail application of Rataul came up for hearing before additional sessions judge Ashok Kapoor who rejected the bail plea after hearing the arguments of defence and prosecution counsels.

The BJP councillor is now likely to move the Punjab and Haryana high court for seeking bail. He was nabbed on May 31 and was the last among the 11 accused to be arrested in the case. Barring him, none of the other accused has so far sought bail in the case.

Rataul is close to local bodies minister Anil Joshi, whose role in the assault case is being probed by a special investigation team (SIT), which was formed on the directions of the Punjab and Haryana high court after the high court bar council filed a PIL in connection with the attack on Mahajan and his brother.

In his statement to the police, Mahajan had claimed that he recognised Ratual among his attackers.

However, police commissioner Jatinder Aulakh had claimed that Rataul was not at the place of attack. The councillor was booked under 120-B (criminal conspiracy) while the others were booked on charges of attempt to murder.

Besides the attack on Mahajan and his brother, SIT also probed the attempt to murder case registered against advocate Sandeep Gorsi and Congress councillor Gurinder Singh Rishi. Gorsi had claimed that the case was ‘false’ and registered at the behest of Anil Joshi.

On the basis of the SIT’s interim report presented to the high court, the case against Gorsi and Rishi was quashed.

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