Haryana minister in bogus vote row granted bail

Gurgaon, April 12 (IANS) Haryana’s Sports Minister Sukhbir Kataria Friday appeared before a trial court to answer charges of forging documents to obtain voter cards for his relatives in 2009. He was granted bail by the trial court.

Additional District and Sessions Judge S.K. Khanduja on Thursday, while hearing the anticipatory bail application plea, ordered Kataria to appear before the trial court.

Hearing the plea from the minister, the trial court of Judicial Magistrate Ashok Mann accepted his regular bail on a personal bond of Rs.50,000.

Kataria, who is the minister of sports and youth affairs and independent MLA from Gurgaon, had moved his anticipatory bail plea Tuesday and it was accepted Thursday.

A city-based NGO, Matdata Jaagrookta Manch, in its petition filed in 2009, had alleged that Kataria got 17 of his relatives outside Gurgaon to acquire forged documents to obtain multiple voter cards from different booths in his constituency.

On April 1, the minister’s kin had allegedly assaulted two men owing allegiance to the petitioner NGO soon after a court official went to his house to serve the summons.

The next hearing of case will be held on May 4, 2013.

On the other hand, BJP state spokesperson Umesh Aggarwal Friday here demanded Kataria’s resignation. Aggarwal lost the 2009 assembly election by nearly by 2,000 votes to Kataria.

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