New Delhi, June 29 (IANS) A court here on Wednesday granted bail to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator Dinesh Mohaniya, who was arrested on the charge of “sexual harassment”. He has denied the charge.
Additional Sessions Judge Neelam Singh granted bail to Mohaniya after asking him to furnish a personal and surety bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of the like amount to the satisfaction of the magistrate concerned .
“Since investigation is almost complete and the fact that the accused is in judicial custody since June 25, no purpose would be served by keeping him in judicial custody anymore,” the court said.
The court asked the legislator not to tamper with evidence or hamper investigation in any manner.
It also asked him to join the probe as and when required by the case’s investigating officer.
Earlier, defence counsel H.S. Phoolka told the court that Mohaniya is an MLA and has deep roots in society.
Phoolka said Mohaniya is ready to face trial and follow every condition imposed by the court.
However, Delhi Police opposed the plea and said the allegations against the Aam Aadmi Party leader are serious.
Police said Mohaniya is a influential person and there are chances that if released on bail he can tamper with evidence and win over witnesses.
Mohaniya, an MLA from Sangam Vihar in south Delhi, was arrested on Saturday while addressing a press conference at his residence in Sangam Vihar.
This followed a complaint from a woman who visited him along with others to complain about irregular water supply.
Earlier, his bail plea was dismissed by the court and he was remanded in judicial custody till July 11.
In his bail plea, Mohaniya said he was a legislator and would not flee from justice. He also said he had been falsely implicated in the case.
The Delhi Police booked him on charges of misbehaviour, manhandling and touching a woman inappropriately.