Centre ‘misusing’ agencies to carry out ‘political vendetta’ against AAP

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Aam Aadmi Party today accused the BJP-ruled Centre of misusing agencies, including Delhi Police, at its disposal against the city government at a time when “political vendetta” is at its height.

The party shared a number of cases where its workers, volunteers and MLAs were “falsely charged” by Delhi Police and later acquitted by the judiciary.

More such cases would be made public to “expose” the police, AAP Delhi convenor Dilip Pandey said. “Today political vendetta is at its height and the subsequent misuse of Central government agencies,” he said.

The move comes days after the party levelled charges of corruption against police commissioner B S Bassi, which were categorically denied by the top cop.

“Few AAP volunteers were accused of murdering a constable during the protests in the aftermath of the 2012 Dec 16 gangrape incident. Later, a metropolitan magistrate had rejected the case outright,” Greater Kailash MLA Saurabh Bhardwaj was quoted by PTI.

Pandey said that in numerous instances police was castigated by the judiciary, including the higher courts, for failing to produce evidences after “concocting” such cases against AAP volunteers.

“Police is acting as (Prime Minister) Modi’s tool and is after everyone who is associated with AAP. They are relentlessly implicating our workers based on false charges,” Pandey said.

“Is being an AAP worker the biggest crime in this country?” he asked.

The Delhi High Court had ordered the Nand Nagri case to be handed over to the CBI “observing that the Special Investigation Team (SIT) set up by the police to probe the case was more keen on shielding the accused,” Pandey said.

The police is “yet to take” any departmental action against an ACP-level officer who had allegedly slapped a woman volunteer of AAP, which had invited sharp reactions from the Supreme Court, Bhardwaj claimed.

“When our MLA Akhilesh Tripathi was arrested, media raised a lot of hue and cry but the news of his acquittal was reduced to single column stories,” Pandey said. AAP routinely accuses the media of being “biased” and of pandering to “vested interests”.

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