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Giriraj bail plea turned down

Bokaro, April 28: A local 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 today in the court of additional district and sessions judge (First Class) Bipin Bihari.

The judge, however, turned down the plea in the presence of Girirajís brother Jairaj, who was among those present in the court.

On April 21, Chas BDO Ram Naresh Soni, 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 & 426 (mischief), 120B (conspiracy), 405 & 109 (abetment), 503 & 507 criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.

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

Earlier, Patna district and sessions Judge Birendra Kumar accepted his anticipatory bail plea on April 25 in connection with another FIR lodged at airport police station in Patna on similar charges.

Yet another FIR was lodged against him by Deoghar police after his April 18 hate speech.