BJP MLA jailed on colleague’s complaint of caste remark

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA,Kulwant Rana,was arrested and sent to judicial custody on Monday,after he surrendered in court following a non-bailable warrant against him over an alleged casteist remark.

Written by Pragya Kaushika | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 12:42 am

Bharatiya Janata Party MLA,Kulwant Rana,was arrested and sent to judicial custody on Monday,after he surrendered in court following a non-bailable warrant against him over an alleged casteist remark.

The NBW was issued as Rana failed to appear in court during the earlier hearings of the case filed against him by a fellow BJP member,Karan Singh.

Singh,BJP’s Kisan Morcha member,filed an FIR against Rana on January 24 alleging that the MLA had slapped him and made casteist remarks against him during the announcement of results of a local political body election.

The court of Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau sent Rana to six day judicial custody and dismissed his plea for anticipatory bail.

The court noted that he had been chargesheeted under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act,which does not have provision of anticipatory bail.

The court directed the investigating officer to appear before it on the next date of hearing,while also issuing notice to the complainant. The matter will come up for hearing on April 26.

Singh in his complaint had alleged that Rana had raised questions about his presence at the mandal elections,and then made casteist remarks about his involvement in local politics.

A mandal is the basic level of a party organisation,with at least four mandals in a legislative assembly constituency.

The alleged altercation happened during the declaration of result for election of the president of Rithala mandal.

Singh claimed Rana slapped him before other party members,who intervened and stopped the argument.

Meanwhile,BJP sources said the complaint was “politically motivated”,where a section of Rana’s own party acted against their MLA. Party sources called the case an outcome of “rivalry among Jat leaders.”

A senior party leader said the conspiracy was hatched by a rival group in BJP. “In the party,talks of Rana being general secretary was doing the rounds. There is sufficient reason for other leaders to feel threatened,” a senior BJP leader said.

Reposing trust in Rana,BJP Delhi president Vijay Goel said,“I have spoken with Rana,who claimed that case was politically motivated to malign his image. He would continue to fight for truth.”

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