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Sinha out of jail today

Hazaribagh, June 18: BJP leader Yashwant Sinha today got bail in a case concerning the assault of a power board official, ending a fortnight-long drama that many dubbed was an attention-grabbing exercise by the former MP.

Sinha, who along with 50 supporters put in bail applications at the court of chief judicial magistrate R.B. Pal soon after the visit of L.K. Advani last evening, got reprieve after complainant Dhanesh Jha, the local general manager of Jharkhand Urja Vikas Nigam Limited, withdrew his complaint.

Another 12 BJP workers, who were arrested during agitations in the wake of Sinha’s arrest, were also granted bail.

However, Sinha could not be released immediately, as his lawyers could not complete the paper work on time. He will come out of jail tomorrow.

Rajkumar Raju, the general secretary of Hazaribagh Bar Association and one of the lawyers arguing for Sinha, said Jha was manhandled on June 2, but he was unable to identify or recall the names of those involved.

“I mentioned the names of the arrested people in the FIR on the advice of my colleagues and office staff. Otherwise, I am not from this place and so don’t know anyone. I listened to my inner voice and came to the court to say the truth today,” Raju quoted Jha as saying.

After hearing both sides, Pal granted bail to Sinha and 50 others on a bond of Rs 7,000 each.

A BJP leader said they would celebrate Sinha’s release tomorrow with a victory procession. Senior BJP leader Bansi Rukariar said after Sinha’s agitation, the electricity department completed all pending work at Besh Resham, the village that sparked the power protest.

“Tomorrow, Sinha will launch a power connection at this village, 18km from the district headquarters. The village will be lit up for the first time after Independence,” Rukariar added.