Prophet remarks: BJP MLA Raja Singh gets bail over legal glitch

Hyderabad: BJP MLA T Raja Singh was granted bail by the 14th Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate at Nampally Metropolitan Criminal courts shortly after his arrest.

The defence counsel, K Karuna Sagar had moved a bail petition before the court and brought up several irregularities in the procedure of arrest. Further, the lawyer argued that the Hyderabad police did not comply with the Supreme court guidelines with regard to Singh’s arrest.

The Magistrate rejected the police remand on technical grounds.

While Raja Singh was being produced, the defence lawyers pointed out that the Hyderabad police did not follow the guidelines laid down by the Supreme court by serving a notice to the accused under section 41A of CrPc (the notice of appearance before a police officer in all the cases where the arrest of a person is not required) which is mandated under the law.

As per the Arnesh Kumar judgment, the arrest should be the exception where the offence is punishable with less than 7 years imprisonment, and notice for appearance under Section 41A CrPC (Code of Criminal Procedure) should be served on the accused in such cases instead of arrest.

While Singh was being produced before the court, elaborate security arrangements were made at Nampally metropolitan courts and the roads leading to the court were barricaded to avoid any fresh protests.

However, the police resorted to lathi-charge after two groups indulged in sloganeering near the court complex.