Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Sunday refused to accept the resignation of its legislator Amanatullah Khan, against whom an FIR was registered a day ago following molestation charges levelled by his sister-in-law.
Reacting to the demand for Khan’s resignation, senior party leader and Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said it will not be accepted as “whatever is happening with Khan is his family’s internal matter.”
“We refused to accept his (Khan’s) resignation. It’s a six-year-old family matter and his in-laws are dragging him into it,” Sisodia told a press conference. “We have found out in our investigation that he is being dragged into it,” he added.
Less than two months after he was arrested on charges of molestation levelled against him by a 35-year-old woman, Khan was on Friday booked again on the same charge, this time on a complaint lodged by a relative, said sources.
Khan’s relative lodged the complaint at Jamia Nagar police station and accused him of pressuring her to get into a physical relationship with him, the sources added. The complainant also accused her husband of pressuring her to get “physically intimate” with the MLA, said sources. She levelled dowry allegations against her in-laws too, the sources added.
The case was registered against the MLA under sections 354 (molestation), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). “We are investigating the case,” DCP (southeast) Mandeep Singh Randhawa said.
Khan said he was innocent and being unfairly targeted. In July, police had arrested him on charges of threatening a woman with rape and murder. Police said Khan had allegedly also attempted to run over the woman.