New Delhi: Former ‘Bigg Boss’ contestant Swami Om, who along with his associate is accused of molesting and threatening a woman, was granted on Thursday interim relief from arrest till March 14 by a Delhi court.
Special Judge Hemani Malhotra directed the Delhi Police to file the video footage of CCTV installed in DCP office at Daryaganj here as the accused claimed that on the day of alleged incident, he had gone there to meet senior police personnel seeking security.
The court, while hearing anticipatory bail ples of Swami Om, asked the police to submit the footage on March 14 and directed that till then he should not be arrested.
It would hear further arguments on the plea on the next hearing on March 14.
Swami Om sought the relief alleging that he was falsely implicated in the case as he has been advocating Indian culture and anti-social elements wanted to stop his “social activity”.
Advocate A P Singh, who has filed the plea, argued that there was no possibility of the accused tampering with evidence if granted anticipatory bail and he will not misuse his liberty.
The accused claimed the allegations against him were false and that on February 7 when the alleged incident, he spent his day in different offices of Delhi Police seeking security.
He also alleged that he is being harassed by police officials and he apprehends that he could be arrested.
He claimed he has no link with co-accused Swami Santosh Anand, who was earlier, denied anticipatory bail by the court.
As per the FIR lodged at IP Estate police station, the woman was allegedly wrongfully restrained by Swami Om and Anand when she was going home and they started abusing her and committed objectionable acts.
When the complainant requested them to leave her, they dragged her into their room and attempted to rape her, the FIR said. They also threatened that they will not spare her and that they had already ruined her husband’s life, it said.
The woman had claimed in her complaint that Swami Om and his alleged associate Anand had ripped off her clothes on February 7. The victim alleged that they had attempted to humiliate her in full public view a few days earlier in Rajghat area here.
No arrest has been made in the case.
The court had earlier denied anticipatory bail to Anand saying the allegations against him were grave and the probe was at a nascent stage.