Slamming Aam Aadmi Party (AAM) for not accepting the resignation of its leader Amanatullah Khan against whom an FIR was registered following molestation charges by his sister-in-law, social activist and eminent lawyer Abha Singh described the act as “shameful and opportunistic” adding the party is scared that if they do so there could be a bi-elections and they might not win this time.
“Manish Sisodia only wants to protect his MLA because if he accepts the resignation there could be a bi-elections and he knows way they are performing his MLA’s will not win again. So, it is basically a method to keep power to themselves,” Singh told ANI.
Singh further advised Sisodia to brush up his legal knowledge adding that if an FIR has been registered against Amanatullah on serious offence of molestation under Indian Penal Code (IPC) section 354, which is a cognizable offence with 3 years imprisonment, then how can it be a family matter.
“Going by Manish Sisodia’s logic then 70-80% rape cases takes places within the family. That means all rapists should go scot free because we should say that it is a family matter. Manish Sisodia should brush up his legal knowledge and not make such child like statement and protect his MLA’s who are committing crime one after the other,” she said.
Yesterday, Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia rejected the resignation of Amanatullah and said “whatever is happening with Khan is his family’s internal matter.”
A case of sexual harassment has been registered against Amanatullah on a complaint by his sister-in-law, forcing him to quit as the city’s Waqf Board chairman.
Amanatullah’s sister-in-law approached the Jamia Nagar police station alleging that he had put pressure on her to get into a physical relationship with him.
A case under Sections 354A (sexual harassment), 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) has been registered against the AAP MLA and the woman’s husband.
The AAP MLA has so far claimed that the charges against him were baseless.