Non-appearance of BSP MLA; Irked court orders his arrest



New Delhi: Irked over non-appearance and defiance of summons by a Bahujan Samaj Party MLA, a Delhi court today ordered his arrest in a case lodged in 2008 for allegedly defacing public properties during his poll campaign.

Surendra Kumar, a lawmaker who represents Gokalpuri assembly seat here, incurred the wrath of Metropolitan Magistrate Amitabh Rawat after he failed to give plausible reasons for his non-appearance during earlier hearings.

The court, which sent the MLA to judicial custody for 14 days, has now posted his bail plea for hearing tomorrow.

Earlier, the lawmaker, who appeared in the court after being issued a non-bailable warrant, sought its cancellation which was rejected by the magistrate who held that his non-appearance was not justified.

A case under the provisions of the West Bengal's Prevention of Defacement of Property Act was registered against the MLA at Harsh Vihar police station.

He is alleged to have pasted several posters during his campaign in 2008 Delhi assembly elections.

The accused MLA appeared for cancellation of the NBW, which was issued against him after he missed three earlier dates.

PTI