The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday stayed the arrest of Congress leader Sanjeev Awasthi, who was held for possessing counterfeit currency earlier this year, in connection with another FIR accusing him of having provided a fake address for obtaining a SIM card.

A Division Bench comprising Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice S. S. Tiwari passed the order on a writ petition filed by Awasthi who was arrested with Rs.7 lakh in counterfeit currency from Kanpur on February 2 this year. An FIR in connection with the incident was lodged the same day at Collectorganj police station of the town.

Awasthi had moved the court challenging another FIR dated April 30, 2011, lodged at the same police station alleging that the SIM card of his mobile phone was obtained on the basis of a “fake address”.

Appearing on behalf of the Congress leader, senior lawyer Shanti Bhushan submitted that the entire matter was aimed “only at harassing the petitioner” and that even if the allegation of fake address was true, “the same could have been mentioned in the FIR dated February 2 itself”. - PTI