A Delhi court on Wednesday granted AAP MLA Gulab Singh Yadav bail saying that his custody will serve no purpose.
AAP’s Gujarat affairs in-charge Singh had surrendered before Surat Police on 16 October before being arrested by Delhi Police after a non-bailable warrant was issued against him in connection with an extortion case.
With this arrest, Gulab Singh had become 14th AAP MLA to be arrested by Delhi Police on the prretext of one charge or the other.
Singh’s arrest came hours ahead of Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s public rally in the city.
On Tuesday, the court had refused to grant his custody to Delhi Police by making scathing observation against the city cops.
The court had wondered as to why the city police was in a hurry to travel to Gujarat by flights to arrest Singh despite knowledge that he was responsible for Kejriwal’s campaign in the state.
Reacting to Wednesday’s development, Kejriwal tweeted, “Gulab gets bail today. FIR agnst Imran quashed by Del HC yesterday. What purpose is srved? Centre harassing us bcoz Del govt doing gud work.”
Gulab gets bail today. FIR agnst Imran quashed by Del HC yesterday. What purpose is srved? Centre harassing us bcoz Del govt doing gud work
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) October 19, 2016
Kejriwal has often accused the cops in the national capital of carrying out vendetta politics against his party at the behest of PM Narendra Modi, whose party BJP had suffered humiliating defeat at the hands of AAP in February last year.
The judiciary too on several occasions had reprimanded Delhi Police for arresting AAP MLA on trumped up charges. In a huge embarrassment for Delhi police, a lower court in Delhi in December last year had acquitted Aam Aadmi Party MLA, Akhilesh Pati Tripathi while admonishing the police for filing trumped up charges against the legislator.
Last month, two property dealers, Deepak Sharma and Rinku Diwan, had alleged that Satish and Devinder, who work in Yadav’s office, and an associate Jagdish, were extorting money from them by threatening to get demolished the building from where they were operating.
A case under section 384 (punishment for extortion) IPC was registered at Bindapur police station on September 13.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal, who is on a four-day visit to Gujarat, alleged while talking to reporters in Vadodara before leaving for Surat that BJP president Amit Shah was trying to affect the rally.
“I appeal to Amit Shah ji that this is not my rally but that of the public … You see 13 MLAs have been arrested by Delhi Police on the direction from the BJP,” he said.
Confirming the MLA’s arrest, Joint Commissioner of Police, South West Delhi, Deependra Pathak said, “He will be brought back to Delhi today to join the probe in the FIR of extortion in which he has also been named.”
The non-bailable warrant (NBW) was issued against Singh, who is MLA from Delhi’s Matiala, on October 14 for allegedly not joining probe in the case.
Delhi minister Kapil Mishra, who is attending the AAP rally in Surat, said Singh’s arrest was a turning point in Gujrat politics.
“Gulab singh arrested hours before historical rally in Surat,” he tweeted.
“This was done to prevent Gulab Singh from reaching the rally. The politics of Gujrat will change for ever from today,” he said in a note posted on Twitter.
Singh’s alleged associates Satish, Devinder and Jagdish were arrested and a probe was taken up in the matter which revealed that the “organised extortion racket” had been operating with the knowledge of the MLA, police claimed.
Following the investigation, Singh was named in the FIR and issued notices to join the investigation but he did not turn up for questioning, they said.