Tuesday: Update on Areeba’s father, ex-Cong MLA Asif
Heartbreak for supporters of Asif Md Khan as on Tuesday the bail plea of former Congress Okhla MLA was rejected. Asif daughter Areeba is Congress candidate from ward Abul Fazal Enclave in the MCD polls 2022.
Lawyer Arib, close to the leader, said the bail hearing is on Wednesday.
Rejecting his bail plea on Tuesday, the court observed there is a “dire need to ensure the dignity of police officers is protected.” He was arrested on Saturday night for allegedly behaving with cops outside Tayyab Masjid in Shaheen Bagh on Friday. The court had remanded him to 14 days of judicial custody.
“In view of the aforesaid reasons and the gravity of offence, the possibility of the accused committing similar offences and threatening the witnesses and tampering with evidence cannot be ruled out. Hence, this court is not inclined to grant bail to the accused at this stage,”
Metropolitan Magistrate Shikha Chahal said, reported PTI.
She said Khan was earlier involved in six cases and also previously convicted in a similar matter of causing obstruction and assaulting a public servant.
The court said: “There is a dire need to ensure the dignity of police officers is protected so that they can ensure public safety, and conflict between the police and public be discouraged as in the present case.”
Khan even threatened the sub-inspector in front of his subordinates and local residents, which resulted in an “adverse societal impact” and had “detrimental effects on the police-community relationship, which was critical to maintaining public safety as well as effective policing,” the court said.
Shaheen Bagh police had registered an FIR against Khan under sections 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions) and 353 (Assault or criminal force to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) of the Indian Penal Code.