BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, arrested along with his wife Jagriti Singh in connection with the murder of their maid, was on Wednesday denied bail by a Delhi court which said allegations against him were “very serious” and he does not deserve any leniency due his previous conduct.

The court also directed the police to provide protection to principal witnesses till the time their statements are recorded in the trial.

“In view of the previous conduct and antecedents of the accused Dhananjay Singh, he does not deserve any leniency by this court. Therefore, in view of the facts and circumstances of the case, this court is not inclined to grant bail to accused Dhananjay Singh at this stage.

“The application at hand is hereby dismissed,” Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha said.

The court, in its 14-page order, observed that the accused in the case are “very powerful persons” while the victims are poor and vulnerable and their safety and security should be ensured by the police so that they can depose before it without any fear.

“Therefore, a copy of the order be sent to the DCP, New Delhi, to provide protection to principal witnesses... (a minor and another maid) till the time the recording of their evidence is concluded at the time of trial.

“Another copy of the order be sent to the Joint Secretary (Home) GNCT, Delhi, to provide necessary cooperation to the police for providing safe abode and other facilities, ensuring the security and protection of the witnesses and their families. A copy of the order be also sent to the Commissioner of Police, Delhi for information and necessary action at his end,” the court said.

The court in its order also mentioned the list of cases, provided by police, filed against Dhananjay according to which out of 31 cases, only two are pending adjudication while in other cases either he had been acquitted or discharged.

Mr. Dhananjay and Ms. Jagriti were arrested on November 5 in connection with the death of their 35-year-old maid Rakhi Bhadra, a resident of West Bengal.