A fresh non-bailable warrant has been issued for TV journalist and anchor Deepak Chaurasia for failing to appear in court for the case involving allegations of airing obscene and edited videos of a 10-year-old minor and their family in 2013.
The counsel for Deepak Chaurasia claimed that a pre-scheduled interview with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath prevented Chaurasia from appearing in court. However, Gurugram’s Additional Sessions Judge Shashi Chauhan issued a non-bailable warrant against Chaurasia.
Deepak Chaurasia’s advocate moved an application for exemption from personal appearance in the court, but the court noted that the application was not accompanied by any affidavit by Chaurasia or his advocate. Apart from this, there was no documentary proof regarding exemption from personal appearance in the Court. The lawyer said that Deepak Chaurasia deliberately did not appear before the court, rather he had to interview Yogi CM.
The lawyer presented a letter sent by the office of the UP Chief Minister, but the court observed that it was not directed to Chaurasia. The letter that Chaurasia’s lawyer submitted to the UP government in the court was marked as confidential. The court strongly criticized this and questioned the legality of presenting a confidential letter in the court.
On the other hand, the prosecution counsel argued that Deepak Chaurasia had not appeared in the court even on the day the case was registered and deliberately wanted to delay the trial. After listening to both the sides, the court canceled the bail bond and surety bond of Deepak Chaurasia.
It should be noted that this is the second warrant issued against Deepak Chaurasia. He was previously expected to appear in court on October 28, but failed to do so due to supposed health problems, and did not provide any supporting documentation. This led to the issuance of the warrant.