Arvind Kejriwal Ink Attack: Delhi Court Grants Bail To Woman

23/01/2016 7:34 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST
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NEW DELHI, INDIA - JANUARY 17: A woman (C) who threw ink on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal (Not in Picture) during the thanksgiving event of odd-even scheme at Chhatrasal Stadium on January 17, 2016 in New Delhi, India. The woman identified as Bhavna, claimed to be a member of Aam Aadmi Sena, accused Kejriwal of doing CNG scam. (Photo by Sanjeev Verma/Hindiustan Times via Getty Images)

NEW DELHI -- A Delhi court yesterday granted bail to a woman, accused of throwing ink at Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at a rally.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Kumar Aggarwal enlarged 26-year-old Bhawna Arora on bail on furnishing of a bail bond of Rs 10,000 and a surety of like amount.

"Considering the facts that the applicant has remained in jail since 18 January, it appears to me that no useful purpose shall be served by keeping the applicant behind bars...

Considering the totality of circumstances, the applicant is admitted to bail," the judge said.

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During the arguments on bail, advocate Pradeep Rana, appearing for Arora, said that his client has accepted it was not right to throw ink on the head of state.

"We have already got a lesson, more than she deserved in the matter and no purpose would be served by keeping her in jail," Rana said.

The probe agency, however, opposed the bail plea saying the accused has committed an offence against the head of state and the matter was still under investigation and the conspiracy angle was being probed. It had termed the attack on the Chief Minister as an "attack on the democracy".

Arora, who was in judicial custody, had allegedly thrown ink at Kejriwal at a rally on 17 January after the completion of Delhi government's odd-even car rationing experiment.

Arora had allegedly thrown ink on Kejriwal when he was addressing the 'thanksgiving' rally at Chhatrasal Stadium, prompting angry reaction from AAP government which termed the incident as a "BJP conspiracy".

The woman, who had claimed to be a member of the Punjab unit of Aam Aadmi Sena, a splinter group of Delhi's ruling AAP, was later whisked away by police and questioned at the Model Town police station.

Arora had claimed she had "proof in the form of a CD" on the CNG scam. A resident of Rama Vihar in outer Delhi's Rohini sub-city, she was booked for alleged offences under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty) and 353 (assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the IPC.

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