Gun-toting Congress MP denied bail

Last Updated: Thu, Oct 18, 2012 02:54 hrs

Ahemdabad: A court on Wednesday refused bail to a Congress Member of Parliament (MP) from Porbandar in Gujarat who was caught on camera threatening employees of a toll plaza in Vadodara city with a gun.

Refusing to apologise once again, Vithal Radadiya, repeated the same explanation that he had acted in self-defence.

Rejecting his plea for anticipatory bail, the court upheld the police contention that since the Congress MP had 16 criminal cases pending against him, he should not be given the bail.

Radadiya on Friday said that he pointed the gun to the employees in self-defence even though no other person is seen anywhere near him on camera for most part.

According to reports, Radadiya's car was stopped at a toll booth at Karjan village near Vadodara on Thursday.

A toll booth employee reportedly asked the MP to show his identification card.

Radadiya's driver showed him a photocopy of it.

The MP reportedly came out of the car with his gun and pointed it to the employee when he asked to show the original identification card.

"I am an MP. I deserve respect," Radadiya told a TV news channel.

He said he grabbed the gun in self-defence as 15 people surrounded his car.

"I acted in self defence. Where is the police on a highway?" he said.

"When I got down I was called a bogus MP. If a person calls me a bogus MP, they say my card is false, what do I do?" he said.

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