The court of judicial magistrate (first class) Ruchi Kamboj at Rampura Phul, on Monday, granted bail to Jarnail Singh, 65, who had allegedly tried to assault rural development and panchayats minister Sikander Singh Maluka at Hamirgarh village near Bhagta on November 20.
Maluka had come to the village to address a public meeting ahead of the November 23 Sadbhawna rally of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) in Bathinda.
NK Jeet, counsel for Jarnail Singh, said the bail has been granted, but Jarnail Singh would be released from central jail, Bathinda, after bail bonds would be furnished on Tuesday.
The accused was admitted to Guru Gobind Singh Medical College and Hospital in Faridkot in a serious condition as he suffered severe injuries after he was ‘mercilessly’ beaten up by supporters of Maluka after the incident.
He was booked under sections 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions)and 120-B (whoever is a party to criminal conspiracy to commit an offence punishable with death or imprisonment for life) of the IPC by the Dialpura police; but no case has yet been registered against the SAD workers who had beaten up the man. Jarnail has also lodges complaint with the police against Maluka and his supporters who had beaten him up.
Maluka’s turban was reportedly dislocated slightly as Jarnail pushed the minister when he was going to the stage to address people.
The police had arrested Jarnail Singh from the hospital on Saturday after he was discharged and was sent to judicial custody by a Bathinda court on Sunday.