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Delhi court grants bail to Amanatullah Khan

The Okhla MLA was accused of threatening a woman with rape and murder.File photo  

With directions “not to create any law and order problem in the area” (his constituency), a Delhi court granted bail to Amanatullah Khan — the Aam Aadmi Party’s Okhla MLA — in a case of allegedly threatening a woman with rape and murder.

According to the complaint, the MLA had threatened the woman when she visited his residence with a complaint about power cuts in the area where she lived.

Additional Sessions Judge R.K. Tripathi granted him bail on furnishing a personal bond of Rs. 50,000 with one surety of a like amount. “Accused is directed not to create any law ad order problem in the area and further directed not to incite his supporters to indulge in any criminal offence,” Mr. Tripathi said while allowing the bail plea.

The court also dismissed the apprehension of the prosecution about the MLA tampering with evidence or influencing witnesses.

“Her (complainant) statement under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code has already been recorded before the Magistrate. She is reported to have been provided adequate protection by the police. Thus, there is not possibility of tampering with the prosecution evidence or influencing witnesses,” the Judge said.

Court warns MLA

At the same time, the court warned the MLA. “He shall not directly or indirectly contact the complainant and threaten or intimidate her. He shall not try to influence the prosecution witnesses or tamper with the prosecution evidence,” the Judge said.

On Tuesday, Metropolitan Magistrate Manisha Tripathi had dismissed the MLA’s bail application and sent him to judicial custody till August 9, stating that he might influence witnesses and hamper investigation if he was released on bail. The Delhi Police had arrested him last week, after which he remained in police custody and judicial custody for two days each.

The woman, who was earlier reportedly associated with the AAP, said in her complaint that she had called up the MLA on his mobile phone on July 10 to complain about power failure in her area.

When her complaints were not addressed, she visited the MLA’s house in Jamia Nagar, which she found locked from inside. After receiving from response, she then decided to return later. She had walked back just a few steps when a young man opened the gate, hailed her and threatened to get her sexually assaulted and burnt alive.

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