Purnia: AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi was on Wednesday arrested on charge of violation of Model Code of Conduct and later released on bail in Bihar's Purnia district, an official said.
Owaisi was allegedly making an election speech at a religious place when a police team from Baisi police station arrested him and brought to the respective police station where he was booked in a case for holding public meeting without prior permission from the authorities and under loudspeaker act, District Magistrate Balamurugan D confirmed.
Owaisi, however, denied that he had gone to the place for canvassing and claimed he went there only to offer prayers and not for campaigning.
The AIMIM president was later released on bail on personal bond of Rs 10,000 after spending about an hour at Baisi police station where he was questioned by police for the purpose of his visit to the place, he said.
The AIMIM leader was on a visit to Purnia district to campaign for Gulam Sarvar, his party's candidate from Baisi assembly constituency.
He later left for Kishanjganj.