Allahabad HC stays arrest of Cong leader
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 23:00
Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday stayed the arrest of Congress leader Sanjeev Awasthi, who was held for possessing conterfeit currency earlier this year, in connection with another FIR accusing him of having provided a fake address for obtaining a SIM card.

A division bench comprising Justice Imtiyaz Murtaza and Justice S S Tiwari passed the order on a writ petition filed by Awasthi who was arrested with Rs seven lakh in counterfeit currency from Kanpur on February 2, this year. An FIR in connection with the incident was lodged on the same day at Collectorganj police station of the town.

Awasthi had moved the court challenging another FIR dated April 30, 2011, lodged at the same police station alleging that the SIM card of his mobile phone was obtained on the basis of a "fake address".

Appearing on behalf of the Congress leader, renowned advocate Shanti Bhushan submitted that the entire matter was aimed "only at harassing the petitioner" and that even if the allegation of fake address was true, "the same could have been mentioned in the FIR dated February 2 itself".

Bhushan said the petitioner, a Congress leader involved in filing several litigations against corruption in Mayawati-ruled Uttar Pradesh, was being "falsely implicated because of political reasons".

Significantly, judgement on the bail application of Awasthi, who has been in jail since his arrest, was reserved by the court last week.


First Published: Tuesday, May 17, 2011, 23:00

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