Delhi Police on Friday refused to file a complaint against central minister VK Singh for his controversial remarks over the death of two Dalit children in Ballabhgarh, Haryana, the AAP said.
An Aam Aadmi Party delegation urged the assistant commissioner of police in Karol Bagh to register a First Information Report against the minister of state for external affairs under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, 1989.
“We requested him to register a complaint, to which he said it needed the DCP’s permission,” AAP leader Ashutosh told the media.
“The officer said he would first conduct an inquiry and then will seek the DCP’s permission to register a case against Singh,” he added.
Singh, a retired Army Chief, triggered a huge row on Thursday when he used an analogy of stoning a dog while commenting on the burning of two Dalit children in a Haryana village by persons belonging to upper caste.
As the opposition demanded PM Narendra Modi to sack Singh, the BJP MP apologised saying he was sorry if he had hurt anyone’s sentiments.
Ashutosh said the ex-Army chief’s apology was politically motivated.
“He did not apologise from his heart. Rather it was politically motivated. He apologised after (former Bihar chief minister) Jitan Ram Manjhi sought his apology. He apologised seeing the importance of the Bihar elections for his party,” Ashutosh said.
The AAP leader said Singh crossed “all limits of decency” when he made the remarks over the Dalit children’s killings.
“He has no business to be in the cabinet. He should be arrested. We requested [Delhi] police, which falls under the central government, that Singh’s status should not determine the fate of this case,” he added.
AAP had said on Thursday that it would file the case against Singh.