Malerkotla Quran desecration: NRI AAP leader questioned for ‘links’ with main accused

Police had earlier said they had “strong proof” that Kumar and AAP’s Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav were in “constant touch”.

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Updated: July 5, 2016 7:28 am

Sangrur police Monday questioned Kewal Singh Sangha, a local AAP leader from Daroli Bhai of Moga, who is also a Canadian NRI, for his alleged links with the key accused in the Malerkotla Quran ‘desecration’ case.

Sangha, sources said, was allegedly in talks with Vijay Kumar, the main accused in the case, for a ticket from AAP in the upcoming Punjab Assembly elections.

Police had earlier said they had “strong proof” that Kumar and AAP MLA from Delhi Naresh Yadav, who is also named in the desecration case, were in “constant contact”.

Yadav, too, had admitted that he was in contact with Kumar but said it was only regarding a party ticket and had nothing to do with the alleged desecration episode.

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Police sources told The Indian Express that Sangha was called for questioning after it came to light that Vijay Kumar had approached him with the offer of getting him an AAP ticket from Moga. Kumar had also allegedly demanded Rs 1 crore for it.

“Vijay (Kumar) had bragged to him (Sangha) that he is very close to (Naresh) Yadav and AAP’s Sanjay Singh,” said Sangrur SSP Pritpal Singh Thind. “Sangha has nothing to do with desecration case as per our investigation till now, but we are exploring his links with main accused.”

Sangha, however, denies speaking to Kumar.

“I did not pay a penny to anyone to get an AAP ticket. I am open to investigation and police can have my call record. I never spoke to MLA (Naresh) Yadav or Vijay (Kumar),” he claimed.

Sangha was previously block samiti member of Congress and later, during Moga bypoll in 2013, he shifted loyalties to the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD), before joining AAP.

IG, Patiala Range, P S Umranangal, meanwhile, told The Indian Express, “According to our investigation, Sangha had met Yadav through Kumar who had demanded Rs 1 crore for the AAP ticket.

They were scheduled to meet again on June 28 but before that could happen, Kumar was arrested. Sangha had also told Kumar that he will not pay Rs 1 crore to him, but directly to senior leaders in Delhi after getting the ticket.”

 

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