A Delhi court on Saturday issued a bailable warrant against Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel after he failed to appear before it in an alleged rioting case registered in 2008.
Metropolitan Magistrate (MM) Sunil Kumar Sharma issued the warrant against Goel after he did not appear on Saturday as directed by the court on January 12.
Police had chargesheeted 21 persons — including Goel, BJP leaders Harsh Vardhan, Jagdish Mukhi and Aarti Mehra — in an alleged case of rioting and damaging public property during a protest by BJP activists at the CPI(M) office in Central Delhi in March 2008. Goel, who later joined the AAP, was elected Speaker of the Delhi Assembly on February 23.
The Delhi court on January 12 had allowed applications seeking exemption from personal appearance for that day only and had directed Goel to appear before it on Saturday.
The magistrate on Saturday issued a bailable warrant of Rs 10,000 against him and posted the matter for hearing to May 30.
The prosecution has alleged that the BJP workers had pelted stones at the CPI(M) office, damaging property and assaulted policemen when they tried to stop the protest. In November 2012, police filed a plea seeking withdrawal of prosecution of the accused in the case.
The court sought the response of the victims who were injured in the stone-pelting. The victims sought dismissal of police’s plea to withdraw the case. The court is currently hearing this plea.