A day after high drama over his brief detention by the police here, Banwari Lal Kushwaha, newly elected Bahujan Samaj Party MLA from Dholpur, accused of a chit-fund fraud in Gwalior, took the oath of office to become a member of the Rajasthan Assembly on Friday.
Mr. Kushwaha obtained transit anticipatory bail for seven days from the Rajasthan High Court on Thursday. Speaker Kailash Meghwal administered the oath of office and secrecy to Mr. Kushwaha. The ceremony took place in the Speaker’s chamber as the first session of the 14th Assembly was on Thursday adjourned till February 20.
The MLA, who has been on the run from the Madhya Pradesh police, could not come to the Assembly earlier for fear of arrest.
He will have to approach the Madhya Pradesh High Court within the next seven days to seek regular anticipatory bail, as the embezzlement case against him has been registered in that State.
Mr. Kushwaha, who obtained court orders in his favour before the expiry of the 60-day period to take the oath, told presspersons that he had not been absconding from the police during the session. “I was unwell. I informed the Speaker of my health,” he said adding that the three-year-old case against him was part of a “political conspiracy.”