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Court dismisses AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya’s bail

AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, arrested in a case of alleged molestation, was on Monday sent to judicial custody for 14 days by a Delhi court which rejected his bail plea.

Court dismisses AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya’s bail
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“There is no change in the circumstances in the last two days to interfere with the duty magistrate’s June 25 order. This second bail application of accused is dismissed,” metropolitan magistrate Bhavna Kalia said. The duty magistrate on Saturday had denied him bail and sent him to Tihar jail for two days till Monday. 

The MLA was booked on June 23 for allegedly misbehaving with a group of women who had approached him with a complaint regarding water crisis in their locality on Thursday midnight. An FIR was lodged at South Delhi’s Neb Sarai police station. 

Mohaniya has been arrested under the sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (voyeurism) of the IPC. 

Opposing the bail plea, police submitted before the court that if relief was granted, Mohaniya could influence the probe which was still on against the other accused persons.

Senior advocate HS Phoolka, appearing on behalf of the politician during in chamber proceedings, submitted that there was a delay of 11 hours in lodging the FIR and the offences alleged were bailable.

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