After Amanatullah Khan’s arrest, another AAP MLA arrested by Punjab Police


Sunday saw the arrests of two Aam Aadmi Party MLAs, one by Delhi Police and another by their counterparts in Punjab, taking the total number of AAP MLAs to 11 since the party formed government in Delhi last year.

Punjab Police on Sunday night arrested AAP MLA Naresh Yadav, who has been booked in connection with the alleged sacrilege of Quran incident on 24 June.

“We arrested AAP MLA Naresh Yadav from his house in Delhi. He will be produced in a Malerkotla court tomorrow,” Punjab Police, IG (Patiala Zone), Paramraj Singh Umra Nangal was quoted by PTI.

He said a team of Punjab police was dispatched to Delhi to arrest Yadav.

Nangal said an arrest warrant was procured from a Malerkotla court to arrest Yadav.

Yadav has been booked under relevant sections of the IPC after one of the accused, Vijay Kumar, arrested in connection with the incident, claimed he had done it at the behest of the AAP MLA.

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He has been charges with IPC sections 109 (punishment for abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 153A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony), 295 (injury or defiling place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class).

Yadav before his arrest had described the police action against him as a “conspiracy.”

“When I had told police that I was available for questioning any time then why I am being arrested,” he said, adding that police procured the arrest warrant on the accusations of an “RSS man”.

Punjab Police has questioned the AAP MLA twice in connection with the incident.

Police had claimed that Vijay had met the MLA before the incident and calls were also exchanged between them.

The Mehrauli MLA and his party have denied the charges and alleged it was a “political conspiracy” to malign AAP’s image ahead of Assembly polls in Punjab.

Yadav’s arrest came hours after Delhi Police arrested arrested AAP MLA from Okhla, Amanatullah Khan, after a woman alleged that he tried to mow her down.

The woman in question said she had visited the MLA’s residence to raise the issue of power cuts, when Khan made the alleged threats. The MLA was sent to one day’s police custody by a court in Delhi on Sunday.

Khan has denied allegations saying that he was in Meerut on the dates described by the woman in her complaint.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ashok Kumar sent the Okhla MLA, who was produced in court, on police remand after Delhi Police sought his custody for investigation into the complaint.

Several protesters were seen shouting slogans outside the Saket court.

Khan, also the chairman of the Delhi Waqf board, was first detained for questioning and then arrested, a day after he alleged in a press conference that the woman was “pressurised” by police into giving a false statement against him.

According to police, on July 22, the woman had recorded her statement before the magistrate under Section 164 of CrPC.

She had alleged while she was returning from the legislator’s residence, a vehicle tried mowing her down and Khan was sitting in it.

Prior to that, she had on July 19 filed a complaint with police alleging that at the AAP MLA’s residence in Jamia Nagar, a youth had on July 10 abused her and threatened that she would be killed if she did not stop politicising the matter.

An FIR was subsequently registered in this regard under section 506 (criminal intidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of IPC.

After her statement to the magistrate, Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) was added to the FIR, a police officer said.

The woman had yesterday filed three police complaints alleging she was receiving threats from unidentified persons, following which she was provided security.

The woman, a resident of Jasola, had last week in a police complaint said she had telephoned Khan on July 10 and later went to his Batla House residence to raise the issue of power cuts with him.

She claimed the MLA did not meet her and while she was returning, a youth came out of the house, abused her and threatened that she would be killed if she did not stop politicising the matter.

Later, the FIR was registered against an unidentified youth under sections 506 and 509 of IPC at Jamia Nagar police station.

Khan had, however, said he did not even know if the woman came to his residence.

AAP had yesterday rubbished the allegation levelled against the MLA, claiming Delhi Police had “pressurised” the woman into giving a false statement against Khan.

At a news conference, the party played a video, in which the woman is purportedly seen telling someone “that the SHO of the Jamia Nagar police station asked her to add rape and murder charges in the FIR”.

“The woman is in touch with several BJP leaders and she was also taken to the magistrate by a lawyer affiliated to the party.

“The video also states that police asked her to file the complaint,” Khan had yesterday said.

Khan had further said he has written a complaint to DCP (South-east) of the Delhi Police to file an FIR against the SHO and the woman for “framing” him.