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Court rejects bail plea of Giriraj

A Bokaro court rejected the anticipatory bail petition of BJP leader Giriraj Singh, facing a non-bailable arrest warrant for a hate speech during campaigning in Bokaro on April 18.

A team of senior lawyers from Jharkhand High Court, comprising P.C. Tripathy, L.P. Singh and T.N. Thakur, moved an anticipatory bail plea on his behalf on Monday in the court of additional district and sessions judge (first class) Bipin Bihari. But the judge turned down the plea in the presence of Giriraj’s brother Jairaj, who was among those present in court.

Reacting to the rejection of Giriraj’s bail petition in the Bokaro court, Bihar BJP in-charge Dharmendra Pradhan said: “Giriraj Singh should follow law and take action according to the provisions of law.”

On April 21, Chas block development officer Ram Naresh Soni, the deputy election officer of Bokaro, filed an FIR against the Bihar leader at Sector IX police station on the basis of video footage of a public meeting where he had made provocative statements, including one in which he alleged that those who were critical of Narendra Modi were pro-Pakistan.

Giriraj was charged under sections 295 (communal hatred), 153A (promoting religious enmity), 298 (public obscenity) 403 and 426 (mischief), 120B (conspiracy), 405 and 109 (abetment), 503 and 507 criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

On the basis of the FIR, sub-divisional judicial magistrate Amit Sekhar issued a non-bailable arrest warrant against the former Bihar minister on April 23.

Last week, a special team of the Bokaro police raided the official residence of Giriraj at 15 Kautilya Marg in Patna to execute the non-bailable arrest warrant issued against him by the Bokaro court for his alleged hate speech. The Patna cops accompanied the team from Jharkhand, but Giriraj gave them the slip.

The pending arrest warrant against Giriraj — an MLC and a former minister — has triggered posers on his eligibility to have bodyguards. Additional director-general (headquarters) Ravindra Kumar said any person against whom non-bailable arrest warrant had been issued cannot have bodyguards. But chief secretary A.K. Sinha said any official statement on the withdrawal of Giriraj’s bodyguards would be issued after going through the details of the case.