The Saket court in Delhi on Tuesday dismissed the bail plea of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested for allegedly threatening a woman with rape and murder, and sent him to judicial custody for 14 days. Khan is also accused of attempting to run over the woman with his car.
A 35-year-old woman had filed a case against Khan on July 20 for allegedly threatening her with dire consequences. A case was registered against the legislator under Sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Jamia Nagar police station in south Delhi.
On July 10, the complainant went to the residence of the AAP MLA in South Delhi’s Batla House locality after a telephonic conversation with him to complain about poor electricity supply in the area. One of Amanatullah Khan’s supporters present there allegedly abused the woman and threatened her with dire consequences, the woman said in her complaint. The complainant alleged that the supporter said he was abusing her on the “orders of Khan”.
However, Khan stated that he was in Meerut on July 9 and 10, while his children were in Kashmir on a holiday when the incident was reported.
Several AAP members, including Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, allege that the charges against Khan are trumped up, and that the BJP is behind the episode.