The Punjab and Haryana high court on Tuesday granted interim bail to absconding Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajan Angural, who was booked by the city police for abetment to suicide after the death of lineman Ram Shankar on June 13, till July 5.
Angural will join the police investigation in the case.
The deceased’s family had alleged that Angural and others had humiliated and thrashed him, forcing him to take the extreme step. Angural’s counsel argued that when the lineman was admitted to hospital on June 13, he suffered from vomiting and dysentery as per his family members’ statement to doctors.
The lineman’s family, however, opposed the bail to Angural. A local court on June 21 had dismissed Angural’s anticipatory bail plea.
A case under sections 306 (abetment to suicide), 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 342 (punishment for wrongful confinement) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) was registered against the BJP leader and others.
Later, the police had added charges under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) against the accused.
The deceased’s son Ranjeet, had told the police that his father called him to his office at Adarsh Nagar on June 11 and narrated how he was thrashed by Angural and others.
“My father told me that he was paraded naked and beaten up by Angural when he had gone to Ram Sharnam Colony in the Basti Danishmanda area to repair a fault. After that he went into depression and his condition deteriorated,” said Ranjeet.
The complainant said he took his father to the Punjab Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS). On June 13, after getting information about their colleague’s death, hundreds of PSPCL employees gathered at Football Chowk and blocked the road for an hour.