A local court granted bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Naresh Yadav on Saturday in connection with the alleged Quran sacrilege incident in Malerkotla on June 24.
Yadav’s advocate and head of party’s legal cell Himmat Singh Shergill said: “Yadav has been granted bail by the court of additional district and sessions judge Amarjeet Singh Virk at Sangrur on Saturday.” Yadav was released from the district prison at 5pm.
Yadav had been charged under Sections 109 (punishment for abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 153 A (promoting enmity on the ground of religion) and 295 (intention to insult religion of any class) of the Indian Penal Code.
The Mehruali (Delhi) MLA was remanded in police custody for two days by Malerkotla court on July 25 and was sent to judicial custody till August 1 on July 27.
Talking to the media after his release, Yadav said: “It was deep-rooted conspiracy of the Parkash Singh Badal government to arrest me. This will backfire and people of Punjab will give a fitting reply to the SAD-BJP combine in the assembly elections.”
He alleged the police tortured him and pressured him to confess to his involvement in the sacrilege incident. Yadav said he had no connection with one of the accused Vijay Kumar. “I met him being an MLA. This doesn’t make me a partner in the crime,” he said.
Earlier, Shergill said there was no evidence with the police to link Yadav with the Malerkotla sacrilege case. The police have failed to find anything objectionable against Yadav. This all has been done at the behest of the Badal government, he alleged.