The Bombay High Court granted anticipatory bail to Reshma Khan – the wife of Mumbai BJP leader Haider Azam – for allegedly trying to procure an Indian passport using fake documents while being a Bangladeshi citizen, it was reported on Wednesday.
Granting the anticipatory bail on Tuesday, the court directed the police that she be released on bail after furnishing a bail bond of Rs 25,000.
Court also directed her to co-operate with the investigation and be present at the police station as and when required while she has also been restrained from making any attempt to hamper with the investigation.
Khan had moved the court after the sessions court rejected her plea on January 3, observing that her birth certificate is prima facie a forged one and her custodial interrogation was required to probe the case in detail, including who else is involved.
Her counsel argued that the case was filed out of political vendetta. “The case is nothing more than a political vendetta. Its (filing of the case) only purpose is harassment, maligning (Khan’s) image and political vendetta,” said the counsel.
The public prosecutor sought time to obtain status of the investigation and requirement of custodial interrogation of Khan. However, the High Court granted protection to Khan from that.