Asad gets bail; HC rejects Jagan’s plea

HYDERABAD - Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM) President and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, who was arrested and jailed in connection with an eight-year-old rioting case, was on Thursday granted bail by a district court in neighbouring Sangareddy town of Medak district.

By P S Jayaram

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Published: Fri 25 Jan 2013, 11:58 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 3:42 PM

The MIM chief was granted bail by the court after the defence submitted that he had to attend a conference in Hyderabad on January 25. The Fifth Additional District Judge allowed Asaduddin’s bail plea and directed him to furnish a personal bond for Rs10,000 and two sureties of like amount. Asad, as he is popularly known, was arrested on Monday when he appeared before the Sangareddy court in connection with the case registered against him in 2005. The court had subsequently remanded him to judicial custody till February 2.

He along with his brother Akbaruddin Owaisi, who is also lodged in a jail in Adilabad district after his arrest in connection with a ‘hate’ speech, faced charges under various sections of the Indian Penal Code for obstructing officials from discharging their duties.

Speaking to mediapersons after his release on bail, Asad said it was a clear case of politics of vendetta being pursued by Congress after MIM severed ties with the ruling party recently. “The people of the state are following the developments keenly and they can’t be fooled. My brother and I are being harassed by the Congress government only because we parted ways with them,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday dismissed a regular bail petition filed by YSR Congress (YSRC) President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy who has been in jail since May, 2012, following his arrest by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with an alleged disproportionate assets case involving him.

Jagan’s counsel S Niranjan Reddy arguing for the bail had earlier complained that the investigation seemed to be never-ending and in the name of incomplete investigation the bail cannot be denied.

The AP high court had on December 24 dismissed the statutory bail plea of Jagan. The CBI had on Tuesday contended before the High Court that it was unable to speed up the investigation into Jagan’s case owing to non-cooperation of the state government.

The CBI, however, contended that the bail petition was not maintainable in accordance with the apex court order, which had said that Jagan had the liberty to approach the trial court for bail after the filing of the final charge-sheet.

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