Gujarat: AAP MLA Gulab Singh held in extortion case

The Delhi Police had issued a non bailable warrant against him in an extortion case, on Saturday.

Written by Kamaal Saiyed | Surat/vadodara | Updated: October 17, 2016 1:50 am
AAP MLA Gulabsingh Yadav and supporters walk towards the police station in Surat. Express Photo/Kamaal Saiyed AAP MLA Gulabsingh Yadav and supporters walk towards the police station in Surat. Express Photo/Kamaal Saiyed

AAP’s Gujarat affairs in-charge and Delhi MLA Gulab Singh, against whom a non-bailable warrant was issued following charges of extortion, surrendered before Surat police on Sunday, hours before party convener Arvind Kejriwal’s rally in the city.

While Yadav said allegations against him were “baseless”, Kejriwal, who was in Vadodara, termed the non-bailable warrant as an “attempt” by BJP president Amit Shah to disrupt his rally in Surat.

Singh, the legislator from Matiala, is the 15th AAP MLA to be arrested. A team of Delhi Police secured a 72-hour transit remand for him from a local court.

Singh and his supporters, shouting slogans of Bharat Mata ki Jai, Vande Mataram and Inquilab Zindabad, reached the police commissioner’s office in the afternoon, and he surrendered before Umra police inspector G A Sarwaiya.

The inspector said, “We have carried out official procedure of handing over Singh to Delhi Police.”

Before his arrest, Singh told reporters, “I am in Gujarat since September 6, and was here when the FIR was filed on September 13. Police raided my office and got nothing incriminating. The Centre is directing arrest of AAP MLAs, but we are not going to bow, and are ready for any consequences.”

Last month, two property dealers, Deepak Sharma and Rinku Diwan, had alleged that Satish and Devinder, who work in Gulab Singh’s office, and an associate Jagdish were extorting money from them by threatening to get the building from where the property dealers were operating, demolished.

A case under Section 384 (punishment for extortion) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at Bindapur police station in Delhi on September 13.

Reacting to the development, Kejriwal told reporters in Vadodara, “I have heard that Amit Shah has been making plans to disrupt the rally in Surat. This is not my rally, it is the people’s rally.”

The Delhi chief minister said the case against Singh was “fabricated” and the BJP government was “scared”, and, therefore, making such moves.

He is the kingpin: Police

AAP MLA from Matiala, Gulab Singh, will be produced before a Delhi court Monday, said police after the legislator’s arrest. Police claimed Singh was the kingpin of the extortion racket in which four of his associates have been arrested.

JCP (southwestern range) Dependra Pathak said, “Singh was evading the arrest, as he did not respond to our notices. We sent our team to Surat where he was asked to come to a police station, where we put him under arrest.”

Pathak added, “On Monday, he will be produced before a Delhi court from where we seek his custody for further probe. Four of his associates, including his driver, have already been arrested.”

Pathak said investigations so far had revealed that an extortion racket was being run on Singh’s directions. “He was a kingpin of the whole racket,” he added.

Pathak said police had received another complaint from a builder against Singh. “We have sufficient evidence to prove that Singh was running the syndicate. We hope after his arrest more such complainants would come forward.”

Police are investigating information that the accused persons would identify illegal constructions through RTI questions and other methods, and then contact owners or builders of such places and demand money by claiming they would not take any action, said sources.

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  1. महेश शर्मा
    Oct 16, 2016 at 12:16 pm
    जिस तरह दिग्विजय एंड कपिल सिब्बल ने कांग्रेस को डुबोया उसी तरह zee TV भाजपा को डुबोएगा। zee tv जितना आप पार्टी के अगेन्स्ट बोला केजरीवाल उतना ही तेज़ी से आगे आए। जितने आप पार्टी के MLA अरेस्ट होंगे उतना ही फ़ायदा आप पार्टी को होगा। मोदी जी अगर साहसी होते तो center की police का इस तरह misuse ना करते पर ये अभी भाजपा को समझ नहि आएगा। BJP में अमित शाह या मोदी जी की इजाज़त बिना कुछ नहीं होता।
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      IML sood
      Oct 16, 2016 at 12:56 pm
      In gutter pigs multiply so is here.These Aaptards with Khujli hope to conquer Gujarat with their shril noises but moot point is who gives importance to them. Their last hiding place IE is also being raided by the nationalist forces and their hue and cry with playing victim card is noise before survival. After utter failure in Delhi the frustration in comments of their stooges here reflect their defeat and dander of elimination from political scene.A quick demise like seasonal insects.
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        Prasant
        Oct 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm
        Everyone knows that zee TV support to Vajpa party... Always that channel showing against kejriwal... But why? What is the reason? Sudhir sir ye sab acha nehi h... Kyun naam kharap Karteho?
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          Steven kapoor
          Oct 17, 2016 at 5:39 am
          My heart says that MLA Gulaba Singh is innocent , he should be allowed to complete his rally and no hinderence should be put on his way AAP will win Majority, Vande Maataram !! Bhaarat Mata ki Jai. . .
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            SK
            Oct 16, 2016 at 3:20 pm
            did you ever get 25% raise? the AAP MLAs in Delhi gave themselves 400% raise in one shot at tax payers expesense! how do you like that?
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              SK
              Oct 16, 2016 at 3:18 pm
              for loving kejriwal speak for yourself. you are not an elected representative of others.
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                Sudhip Kumar
                Oct 16, 2016 at 11:08 am
                By now Kejri should get used to his MLAs getting arrested. Just ignore it.
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                  Anand Sudan
                  Oct 16, 2016 at 9:29 am
                  These AAP people are supporters of stan. Kejri sought proof for surgicla strike by Indian Army. he has no faith in Indian army,. But faith in stan which also demanded proof for surgical strike.Kejri is a hero in stan.Heroes of stan has no place in India
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                    Bijan Mohanty
                    Oct 16, 2016 at 9:02 am
                    How many false cases Delhi police will lodge ? These actions are making AAP more por day by day. Public can see through BJP designs.
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                      Bijan Mohanty
                      Oct 16, 2016 at 11:53 am
                      You seem to be a trying to spread hatred in India. We love India and we love Kejriwal.
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                        chandinichachi
                        Oct 16, 2016 at 8:43 am
                        Good to see there are only 4 supporters of this corrupt gang of politician who could still claim that they are different. even after kejri gave them a manyfold pay hike they are right into making corrupt money as these monkeys know that this is the only chance for them to make money. After there five years term, they will be back to their failed and equally corrupt NGOs or to the third grade paid journalism.
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                          George Cv
                          Oct 16, 2016 at 9:07 am
                          56 inches or 56 milli metres ?
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                            naresh
                            Oct 19, 2016 at 1:44 am
                            एक बिल्डर गैर कानूनी ढंग से buildings बनाता है …lt;br/gt;एक समाजसेवक आरटीआई द्वारा उसके अगेंस्ट एक्शन लेना शुरू करता है …lt;br/gt;बिल्डर पोलिटिकल लोगों से मिलकर सोशल वर्कर के अगेंस्ट शिकायत दर्ज कराता है ... lt;br/gt;पुलिस गैर कानूनी ढंग से बनाई जाने वाली इमारत के बिल्डर से पूछताछ नहीं करती …lt;br/gt;लेकिन उसके कहने पर उस समाज सेवक को गिरफ्तार कर लेती है !lt;br/gt;राजनेताओं को लगता है कि पब्लिक को कुछ पता नहीं चलेगा …lt;br/gt; पब्लिक सब कुछ जानती भी है और पब्लिक सब को पहचानती भी है !lt;br/gt;पब्लिक को उल्लू बनाने का नतीजा पब्लिक ने बिहार में दिखा दिया … पंजाब में दिखाएगी … गोवा में दिखाएगी ... शायद कुछ राजनेताओं को तब जाकर समझ आएगी ...
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                              Venkataraman Jagadesan
                              Oct 16, 2016 at 9:46 pm
                              The anarchist is a respected leader at Pak and he is equated along with Hafeez sa ,Masoor azad, Haqanni leader, mulla umar. osama etc etc. If he fights an election (will eventually run there) he will win. All the news papers in Pak have praised him for questioning the Indian Army's surgical strike, and that is his pority! An anti-national and a pak agent and how can his party be otherwise? Jai Hind.
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                                vasant
                                Oct 17, 2016 at 3:53 am
                                Now it is becoming increasingly clear the dirty world of politics in the country. Any sound against the guys in power is immediately put down by brute force. Congress and other old player's silence is understandable. lt;br/gt;Message is clear. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;"IF YOU WANT TO BE IN POLITICS BETTER CONFORM"
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                                  kv tele
                                  Oct 17, 2016 at 6:35 am
                                  Kejriwal always says # i have heard# i got information that Modi is doing this# He have never given any proofs.lt;br/gt;And when someone questions the Police Department without proofs this means that he is showing and encouraging people not to trust Police. This way Kejriwal you will not get Literate Votes.lt;br/gt;Hope you understand.
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                                    Mayur Panghaal
                                    Oct 16, 2016 at 4:21 pm
                                    Sudhir chaudhary is on camera trying to extort 100 crores from Jindal.Video is on youtube.He was in tihar jail.Case is still on...court has asked for voice samples.If law takes its course,he will land up in jail for a long time.
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                                      Mayur Panghaal
                                      Oct 16, 2016 at 9:34 am
                                      All feku's arrest fell flat on their faces after court ped severe strictures against the police for vendetta....This feku will get his just desserts after 2019...when all the fake encounter cases catch up with him.Till then dance the funky chicken feku.
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                                        Mayur Panghaal
                                        Oct 16, 2016 at 9:32 am
                                        I dont want feku to stop....cause every arrest makes his end more certain.lt;br/gt;Go feku go !!
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                                          Mangoman New
                                          Oct 16, 2016 at 8:34 am
                                          Amazing Display of Intellectual Poverty of Brainless Indians by Crying-out * Bharat Mata ki Jai’, ‘Vande Mataram’, ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ etc against the Arrest of Criminal , who happed to be an AAP MALA, as usual ,,lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The DELHI so Lucky to get a Un-corrupt and Un-corruptable stan ICON Kejeriwal and his Criminal MLAs
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                                            Ratan
                                            Oct 16, 2016 at 11:46 am
                                            मोदीजी 3साल में तो कोई उल्लेखनीय कार्य तो नही किया पर रोज टीवी पर सनसनी फैला कर मिडिया की कमाई बढाइ है उनके चेले चपाटे केजरीवाल के पिछे ी तरह पड गये हैं। एसे ही 2019तक टाइम पास करे
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