Indore: Indore Bench of Madhya Pradesh High Court on Wednesday granted anticipatory bail to senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and party MP Prem Chand Guddu in connection with a case filed against them and others for allegedly thrashing BJP youth wing workers in Ujjain in 2011. Justice PK Jaiswal, who on Tuesday heard arguments on separate applications filed by the two and reserved his judgement, granted pre-arrest bail on Wednesday, their lawyer Akash Sharma told PTI.
On April 3, 2013, a Sessions Court in Ujjain had issued non-bailable warrants against Singh and Guddu after they failed to appear before it in connection with the case. Guddu is Congress Lok Sabha MP from Ujjain. The case relates to an incident on July 17, 2011 when Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) activists were allegedly assaulted by Congress workers and leaders. The BJYM activists were beaten up when they were protesting against certain remarks made by Digvijaya.
Besides Digvijay and the MP, others named as accused were Congress leaders Jai Singh, Anant Narayan Meena, Mukesh Bhati and Amar Lal. Except Digvijay and Guddu, others were granted bail by the Ujjain Sessions Court when they appeared before it early this month. The Ujjain Court has fixed April 30, 2013 as the next date of hearing in the case.
In November 2012, the Sessions Court had asked police to register cases against the Congressmen, including Digvijaya and Guddu, under IPC Sections 307 (attempt to murder), 326 and 324 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means), among others.