In his bail application, the accused stated that his wife was due for delivery after 20 August, and there was no one to take care of her.
In an order passed on 6 August, Additional Sessions Judge Gagandeep Singh said, “Keeping in view the above facts and circumstances of the case and taking a humanitarian view, the accused or applicant, Gulam Rasul, is admitted to interim bail for one week from the date of his release subject to furnishing a personal bond in the sum of Rs 50,000 with one surety in the like amount.”
As per the prosecution, the date of release of the accused was contingent upon making an application to the jail superintendent and fulfilment of the bail conditions.
The bail application also stated that the accused had one minor son and his parents were not living with him as he had married against their wishes.
Countering the plea, Additional Public Prosecutor (APP) Gurbhej Singh Guraya said that though medical documents and the date of expected delivery were verified and found to be correct, the accused was booked for serious offences, including rioting.
According to the APP, the accused could flee from the process of law, and since the situation in the area was still charged up, his release could again flare up the situation.
The judge noted that the documents regarding the expected date of delivery of the accused’s wife on 22 August were verified and found genuine.
Moreover, the Investigating Officer (IO) had filed a report stating the wife of the accused was residing alone with one minor son and his parents were residing separately though, in the same area, the judge said.
According to the judge, the interim bail was subject to many conditions, including not leaving Delhi without prior intimation, furnishing information about his working phone numbers and whereabouts, not tampering with evidence, not contacting the prosecution witnesses, informing the court about a change in residential address and appearing in each hearing of the court.
The bail would be cancelled if the accused was found engaged in any criminal case during the bail period, and he had to surrender before the jail authorities immediately after the expiry of the interim bail period, the judge stated.
On 16 April, communal clashes broke out in Jahangirpuri during a Hanuman Jayanti procession.
Nearly 10 people were injured due to firing and stone pelting.
A 2,063-page charge sheet was filed by the Delhi Police’s Crime Branch against the 37 people arrested in the case, and a Delhi court took cognizance of the charge sheet on 28 July.
(With inputs from PTI)
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