Rashid Sheikh Bail Plea: Delhi Court Sets July 1 for NIA Response, Needs Bail for MP Oath

Delhi's Patiala House Court scheduled July 1 for the NIA to respond to Abdul Rashid Sheikh's bail plea. Rashid, elected MP from Baramulla while in NIA custody, seeks interim bail for oath-taking. His lawyer argues for logistical arrangements, citing constitutional duty amid the legal battle.

Rashid Sheikh Bail Plea: Delhi Court Sets July 1 for NIA Response, Needs Bail for MP Oath
Rashid Sheikh Bail Plea: Delhi Court Sets July 1 for NIA Response, Needs Bail for MP Oath

June 22, 2024 | Delhi, India: The Patiala House Court in Delhi has set July 1 for the National Investigation Agency (NIA) to reply to Abdul Rashid Sheikh’s bail request. Rashid, also known as Rashid Engineer, who is an elected Member of Parliament (MP) from Baramulla, is asking for temporary bail to be able to take the oath as an MP.

The hearing was held on Saturday. Rashid’s lawyer, Vikhyat Oberoi, argued for his client’s constitutional duty to take the oath, stating, “Taking the oath is my constitutional duty, and I am forced to beg in front of him to take the oath. This is truly embarrassing.” The court has set the next hearing for July 1, considering the logistics of Rashid’s court appearance while in NIA custody.

Legal Battle

Abdul Rashid Sheikh, who defeated Omar Abdullah by over 200,000 votes in the recent elections, has been in NIA custody for five years. His plea for bail centers around his need to perform his duties as an elected MP, with oath dates set for June 24, 25, and 26.

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Arguments

Vikhyat Oberoi emphasized the constitutional importance of taking the oath, urging the court to facilitate Rashid’s participation in parliamentary proceedings. The legal battle highlights the tension between judicial procedures and constitutional obligations.

Rashid and Political Implications

Rashid Sheikh’s election win while in custody underscores the significant support he has garnered. His ability to take the oath and perform his MP duties is crucial, not only for fulfilling his constitutional responsibilities but also for effectively representing his constituency.

As the court awaits the NIA’s response by July 1, Rashid’s legal team remains hopeful for a favorable decision that allows him to take his oath of office. This case continues to attract attention from legal and political observers, emphasizing the complexities of balancing judicial proceedings with constitutional duties.

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