Bail for Bittu in 6-year-old case

12 October, 2017

The district court here today granted bail to Congress leader and Ludhiana MP Ravneet Singh Bittu in a six-year-old case pertaining to unlawful assembly and disobedience.

However, he has been served a notice under Section 446 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) to which he will file a reply on the next hearing, which is scheduled for October 21. Defence counsel Terminder Singh argued that Bittu’s offence was not intentional.

He argued that it was not publicised that Section 144 was imposed in the area; neither was it published in newspapers nor any documentary evidence depicted the same. Thus, there was no way the MP could have known about Section 144 being in effect in the area at that time.

The Congress leader had missed the last three hearings continuously and non-bailable warrants (NBWs) were issued against him.  Earlier, the Member of Parliament was granted bail on May 12 after furnishing bonds worth Rs 25,000.

The bail was given on the condition that he would cooperate with the police in the investigation and his counsel had given an undertaking that he would be present at all hearings. However, he failed to appear in court despite repeated notices.

Today, the Congress leader furnished bail bonds worth Rs 50,000 in court.