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Delhi High Court Reserves Order on Bail Plea of AAP MLA Jarwal

File Photo of AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal

File Photo of AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal

Jarwal, who represents the Deoli assembly constituency, was arrested on May 9, after a case of extortion and abetment to suicide was filed against him and others based on a police complaint by the doctor's son Hemant.

A Delhi Court will pronounce on Thursday the order on the bail plea of AAP legislator Prakash Jarwal, arrested in connection with a case of alleged suicide of a doctor in south Delhi last month.

Rajendra Singh, 52, allegedly committed suicide in Durga Vihar in south Delhi on April 18. In his suicide note, the doctor held Jarwal responsible for his death.

Like Jarwal, Singh was also involved in the business of water supply with the Delhi Jal Board since 2007, and police alleged that the MLA and his associates were extorting money from other water-tanker owners, including the doctor.

Jarwal, who represents the Deoli assembly constituency, was arrested on May 9, after a case of extortion and abetment to suicide was filed against him and others based on a police complaint by the doctor's son Hemant.

Kapil Nagar, close aide of Jarwal is a co-accused in the case.

Special Judge Ajay Kumar Kuhar reserved the order on the bail plea of Jarwal Wednesday after hearing arguments from the lawyers appearing for the accused as well as the prosecution.

The hearing was held through video conferencing.

While seeking the bail for the politician, advocate Ravi Drall told the court that the suicide note was in different writings and that no illegal property found in the name of Jarwal.

Victim was Tanker mafia who was blacklisted after sting operation by TV channel. Accused is a sitting MLA, hence there is no apprehension that he will abscond, he said.

While opposing the bail application, Public Prosecutor Manish Rawat submitted that the allegations against the MLA was serious in nature and that the investigation was still pending.

In his application, the accused claimed that the allegations against him were completely false and fabricated and he had no role in the unfortunate suicide of the deceased and as public representative he is equally pained by the death of the person.

The application said that there was no direct and indirect contact from the deceased in recent past so no question of harassment and money was ever been asked from him or his family.

It is therefore again contended on behalf of the Applicant/Accused that he is falsely implicated and the entire allegation against him is part of well crafted conspiracy. He denies all the allegations are false and baseless and politically motivated the plea, filed by advocate Mohd Irshad, said.

It further said that the veracity and genuinely of the suicide note is matter of the investigation and there might me a case the same has been used as tool to take revenge as the Applicant/Accused acted heavily against the tanker mafia.

The FIR says Singh had been threatened and intimidated by Jarwal and others.

"During investigation it was found that there was a big nexus between water-tanker owners and the accused person," the police said in the remand application.

Police said their investigation showed the money extorted from water-tanker owners was routed through the MLA''s brother Anil Jarwal and invested in several properties and farm-houses in Delhi, Gurugram (Haryana) and Jaipur (Rajasthan).

They also claimed that Jarwal had got allotted many water borewells in his constituency by influencing the Jal Board and one water borewell was illegally given after taking Rs 10 lakh as "gratification money".

Police said complaints against the accused were filed to various authorities but action was never taken.

They said they have found a WhatsApp group in the name of tanker-owners whose administrator is Kapil Nagar, a co-accused and Jarwal's close aide. Jarwal is one of its members. The details clearly show the direct involvement of both the accused in running the tanker mafia in Sangam Vihar and Tigri.