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Sinha remand extended

Hazaribagh, June 16: A local court today extended the judicial remand of senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha for 14 days ahead of tomorrow’s visit by party veteran L.K. Advani to convince him to seek bail and come out of jail.

During the hearing conducted through videoconference, Sinha didn’t apply for bail, prompting chief judicial magistrate Rajendra Bahadur Pal to extend his judicial remand. The court will again take up the case on June 28.

Sinha and 51 BJP workers have been lodged in Hazaribagh central jail since June 2 for allegedly misbehaving and manhandling an electricity board official during an agitation against power cuts. One among them, Birju Rana, was given a 15-day parole yesterday after his wife died.

A BJP leader said that Sinha, who hurt his head in a fall from a broken chair on Friday, would finally apply for bail after a meeting with mentor Advani. “Knowing Sinha’s immense respect for the BJP patriarch, he is unlikely to turn down his request as he had done when party national president Rajnath Singh asked him to file a bail plea last week,” he added.

The former deputy Prime Minister will reach Ranchi via a special flight and then come to Hazaribagh by road around 12.30pm. After meeting the former MP at Loknayak Jai Prakash Narayan Central Jail, he will head to Sinha’s house at Demotand for lunch and then leave for Ranchi. “Advani is likely to speak to Yashwantji for around 40-minutes at his prison cell. Chances of Yashwantji filing a bail application in a day or two are high,” another BJP leader said.

Sinha’s son and present Hazaribagh MP Jayant, who led a dharna in front of the district collectorate today, iterated that they wanted unconditional release of his father.