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2 AAP MLAs’ judicial custody extended

Statesman News Service | New Delhi |

A city court on Thursday extended judicial custody by another 14 days for two AAP MLAs, Amanatullah Khan of Okhla and Prakash Jarwal of Deoli, arrested in the case of alleged assault on Delhi’s Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash on the night of 19 February.

On 22 February, both were sent to jail by the court on 14 day-judicial custody in the “highly sensitive” case. The next day the court dismissed the bail pleas of the MLAs, saying that prima facie the circumstances leading to the alleged assault pointed to a “premeditated criminal conspiracy” behind the incident.

They were produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Shefali Barnala Tandon on Thursday on the expiry of their judicial remand. The court has now sent them to the city’s Mandoli Jail to be lodged there till 22 March. A decision on their bail pleas is yet to be pronounced.

As a result of a Delhi High Court order designating two special courts in the Patiala House complex to deal with criminal cases against elected members of Parliament and assemblies, the case concerning the two MLAs may now be heard in a Patiala House court.

The MLAs moved their bail applications in the High Court after a sessions court had also denied bail to Jarwal, who had challenged the magisterial court order.

Taking up the matter, the magisterial court had observed that they were “history-sheeters” and therefore, their case cannot be treated in “a casual and routine manner”.