Absconding Cong MLA surrenders, sent to judicial custody
Indian Express By Sibte Husain Bukhari
Junagadh, August 05 Congress MLA from Talala Bhaga Barad, who had been evading arrest in an assault case, surrendered before the Talala police on late Monday night.
Barad, who is brother of Congress MP from Junagadh Jashubhai Barad, was produced before the Judicial Magistrate (First Class) Court, Talala town on Tuesday afternoon, which sent him to judicial custody.
Junagadh Crime Branch Inspector J K Jala said the MLA was produced before the court after initial interrogation. According to Jala, the police had sought three days' remand, but the court rejected the plea.
Barad has been sent to the Veraval jail.
"The offences registered against the MLA are non-bailable. Now, the case will be tabled before the Veraval Sessions Court. The upper court will decide his fate," Jala said.
His surrender comes after the police issued Warrant no 70 against him and commenced procedure to declare him 'absconding'.
Barad was wanted since June 4 when he along with his 14 associates attacked senior forest officials at the Sasan Gir forest headquarter and ransacked their office. They are also accused of looting revolver of a forest officer.
All the 15 are booked under Sections 395 (dacoity), 332 and 333 (assaulting on-duty government officials in government office), 350 (to enter in government office illegally) and 120 (B) (conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.