A district court gave bail to five men accused of ransacking and setting on fire Uttar Pradesh Congress president Rita Bahuguna’s house as police failed to provide any evidence against the accused.
Guddu Yadav, Shiv Kumar Singh, Inder Singh, Zameel Khan and Susajit Tiwari – were granted bail on sureties of Rs.20,000 each.
Joshi’s house was set ablaze July 15, allegedly by ruling Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) activists to avenge her offensive remarks against Chief Minister Mayawati.
However, after the arrest of the accused, police were not able to find any criminal records against them. All five were booked under sections 147 , 504, 506, 427 and 436 of the Indian Penal Code.
On July 16, Subodh Srivastava, congress spokesperson, filed a criminal complaint against Jitendra Singh, BSP legislator from Bikapur in Faizabad district, accusing him of leading the mob that set Joshi’s house on fire.