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.
      1. P
        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. . .
          1. S
            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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