As AAP stepped up its attack on Vice Chairman of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) Karan Singh Tanwar in connection with the murder of a civic body official, he rejected the allegations as baseless.
“The allegations raised by AAP against me are baseless, false and frivolous. They do not have any ground reality and are being made in a revengeful manner to politicise the issue,” he told reporters.
Mohammed Moin Khan — a lawyer and an assistant legal adviser with the NDMC — was shot dead a day before he was scheduled to pass the final order on the lease terms of The Connaught hotel, which was functioning on property leased by the civic body.
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AAP alleged that Tanwar had threatened the 57-year-old estate officer with dire consequences a few days before his murder, and demanded the Delhi Police arrest him and probe his “complicity” in the incident.
Meanwhile, following orders from the Delhi High Court, the NDMC has sealed the hotel whose owner — along with six others — were arrested in connection with Khan’s murder.
“Following orders from the court, the premises of the hotel were sealed late last evening,” said an NDMC official. Police ensured law and order during the sealing, said a senior officer.
The hotel owes the civic body Rs 140 crore as licence fee. The hotel’s lease had been terminated in 1995. After a lengthy court battle, it was sealed in February last year after the HC cleared the decks for eviction.