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BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya Who Thrashed Madhya Pradesh Civic Official with Bat Granted Bail

A video of the assault went viral on social media, after which police filed an FIR against Vijayvargiya and 10 others in connection with the assault, an official said. The legislator was later sent to judicial custody till July 7.

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Updated:June 29, 2019, 6:57 PM IST
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BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya Who Thrashed Madhya Pradesh Civic Official with Bat Granted Bail
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New Delhi: BJP MLA Akash Vijayvargiya, who was arrested for assaulting a civic body official in Madhya Pradesh's Indore, was granted bail by a special court in Bhopal on Saturday.

Additional Sessions Judge Suresh Singh — special judge for cases against MPs and MLAs — granted bail to Akash, who was arrested on Wednesday on charges of assault and leading a protest without permission.

Akash Vijayvargiya, BJP general secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya's son and the party's MLA in Madhya Pradesh, was arrested on June 26 for attacking a civic body official with a cricket bat after a heated argument over a demolition drive.

A day after the incident, the 34-year-old was arrested in another case related to a protest on June 4 over power cuts. In this case, he was charged under section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

District prosecution officer Rajendra Upadhaya said that the court asked the MLA to furnish a personal bail bond of Rs 50,000 in the case of assault and Rs 20,000 in the other case.

Akash Vijayvargiya on Thursday had moved the sessions court in Indore after the magistrate's court had denied him bail. The sessions court had reserved its order after the issue of jurisdiction came up as there is a special fast-track court set up in Bhopal for handling cases against MPs and MLAs.

Akash Vijayvargiya's lawyers contended that he had been falsely implicated with an aim to sully his image.

A video of the assault went viral on social media, after which police filed an FIR against Vijayvargiya and 10 others in connection with the assault, an official said. The legislator was later sent to judicial custody till July 7.

Akash Vijayvargiya went about beating up the officer even as mediapersons surrounded him with cameras and recorded the entire incident.

Justifying his action, Akash later said, "In the BJP, we have been taught, pehle aavedan, phir nivedan aur phir danadan. (first request and then attack)." He added that he does not regret his act and did it in "self-defence".

Eyewitnesses said the locals were protesting against razing of a house when Akash, who was a part of the protest, warned the civic body staff of consequences if they do not leave the spot.

(With inputs from PTI)

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