File photo of AAP MP Sanjay Singh. (Photo credit: PTI)
New Delhi: A city court hearing alleged irregularities in the formation and implementation of the now-defunct Delhi Excise Police on Tuesday granted fresh permission to Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh to attend Parliament in police custody to be sworn in as a Rajya Sabha MP.
Special judge MK Nagpal allowed the AAP leader to go to Parliament on February 8 or 9 in police custody.
The court also previously allowed him to visit the parliament for the oath
The court had earlier also granted Singh permission to go to Parliament to take oath as a Rajya Sabha member in Parliament on February 5 in police custody. However, he was unable to take the oath that day, although he was taken to Parliament.
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Citing the Rajya Sabha’s direction on August 11 last year regarding Singh’s suspension for unruly behavior during the monsoon session, official sources told news agency PTI that his suspension will remain in effect and he cannot attend the proceedings until the Privileges Committee does not submit its report and is considered by the chamber.
Singh was recently elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha for a second term
Singh, who was recently elected unopposed to the Rajya Sabha from Delhi for a second term, filed a fresh plea before the court seeking to direct the Tihar Jail authorities where he is currently in judicial custody in a money laundering case related to alleged irregularities in excise politicians in Delhi to be taken to the Rajya Sabha again on February 8 or 9. In his application, he claimed that he was taken to Parliament on a court order, but “he could not be sworn in due to certain reasons”.
What did the court say?
“In view of the above facts and circumstances and in order to enable the applicant to be sworn in as a member of the Rajya Sabha upon his re-election to the said post, it is directed that the applicant be taken to the Rajya Sabha under court order and under adequate security for the purpose of taking oath on one of the above dates,” the court said while issuing him a new permit to go to parliament.
Singh was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate on October 4 last year in a money laundering case.