CBI special court, Haryana, on Friday granted bail to Haryana MLA Zile Ram Sharma in abetment to suicide of ex-sarpanch Karam Singh of Kambopura village (Karnal). Another accused MLA OP Jain was already granted bail by the Punjab and Haryana high court. The third accused Jain’s personal assistant Rajinder Sharma is still in jail.
The CBI chargesheet says Karam Singh was fed up with Jain and Sharma as they were not returning Rs. 12.5 lakh bribe money that they had allegedly taken from him on the pretext of providing jobs to three people.
The court had, on January 4, framed charges under Section 306 (for abetment of suicide) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against Sharma, Jain and his personal assistant Rajinder Sharma in the suicide case of Karam Singh.
Jain is an independent MLA, while Zile Ram is a Congress legislator. When the allegations surfaced, Jain was transport minister and Zile Ram was chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and both had to resign from their respective posts.