A Delhi court today said it would next week hear the bail plea of sacked Delhi minister Sandeep Kumar, who was arrested on rape charges.
Special Judge Poonam Chaudhry, who was scheduled to hear the application today, fixed the hearing for November 3 due to the absence of the investigating officer.
Kumar sought the relief saying he has been in custody for nearly two months and investigation in the case was also over.
Advocate Nitin Ahlawat, who filed the plea on behalf of the MLA, said his client should be released from jail so that he can celebrate Deepawali with his family.
The counsel said the MLA’s conduct since the lodging of FIR was good and “unquestionable” and he had himself surrendered before the police. He also said the case was based on a CD which cannot be tampered with.
Kumar, who was arrested on September 3, is currently in judicial custody.
The court had earlier allowed his plea to be produced through video conferencing till filing of the charge sheet as he apprehended threat to life from his political opponents and other miscreants during transportation from jail to court.
Kumar was arrested after a woman had lodged a complaint at the Sultanpuri police station in North Delhi alleging sexual harassment by the former Social Welfare and Women and Child Development minister, following which a case was filed. The woman had allegedly figured in an objectionable video with him.
The MLA from Sultanpur Majra was sacked from AAP government and the party on August 31 after the CD surfaced. He had defended himself saying he had been targeted.