AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, arrested for allegedly threatening a woman after she visited his residence to raise the issue of power cuts, was today granted bail by a court here.
Additional Sessions Judge Raj Kumar Tripathi gave the relief to the Okhla MLA noting that he was not required for investigation and “no purpose would be served by keeping him in jail.”
The court asked the legislator to furnish a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a surety of like amount.
“The woman has already got adequate police protection so there is no possibility of tampering with prosecution evidence or influencing evidences… The accused is directed to join investigation as and when called by the investigation officer,” the judge said.
Khan had moved the session court seeking bail after a magisterial court sent him to 14-day judicial custody on the ground that he might influence witnesses and hamper investigation, if released.
Khan, also the chairman of the Delhi Waqf board, was first detained for questioning and then arrested, a day after he alleged in a press conference that the woman was “pressurised” by police into giving a false statement against him.
According to police, on July 22, the woman had recorded her statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC.
She had alleged while she was returning from the legislator’s residence, a vehicle tried mowing her down and Khan was sitting in it.
Prior to that, she had on July 19 filed a complaint with police alleging that at the AAP MLA’s residence in Jamia Nagar, a youth had on July 10 abused her and threatened that she would be killed if she did not stop politicising the matter.
An FIR was subsequently registered in this regard under section 506 (criminal intidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.
After her statement to the magistrate, Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) was added to the FIR, a police officer said.
The woman had yesterday filed three police complaints alleging she was receiving threats from unidentified persons, following which she was provided security.
The woman, a resident of Jasola, had last week in a police complaint said she had telephoned Khan on July 10 and later went to his Batla House residence to raise the issue of power cuts with him.
She claimed the MLA did not meet her and while she was returning, a youth came out of the house, abused her and threatened that she would be killed if she did not stop politicising the matter.
Later, the FIR was registered against an unidentified youth under sections 506 and 509 of IPC at Jamia Nagar police station.
Khan had, however, said he did not even know if the woman came to his residence.