Three cases have been registered against AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya in the last four months, including one on charges of assault and two on charges of molestation, police sources told The Indian Express Saturday.
“The first case was registered at Govindpuri police station in March, after he allegedly misbehaved with some women in Tughlakabad during a protest. Later, he filed a cross-case against the complainants. He was granted anticipatory bail in that case. Another case of molestation was registered at Neb Sarai police station and a third case was registered after he allegedly slapped a 60-year-old man Friday,” said sources.
- Dahod violence: Dead man’s family among 430 booked for rioting; case against 2nd victim too
- Have video evidence to prove innocence: Mohaniya
- Police crashes AAP MLA’s presser to arrest him, Kejriwal says Delhi under Emergency
- AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya’s reluctance on notice forced us to arrest him, says Delhi Police
- AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya arrested in assault case, alleges BJP trying to divert attention from MM Khan murder
- AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya booked for misbehaving with women
They added that Mohaniya had been repeatedly asked to join the investigation, but he had not responded to four notices issued by Delhi Police. “When the investigating officer called him up, the MLA assured him he will join the probe. But he did not turn up,” said a source.
He added that on Thursday, three complainants had recorded their statement before a magistrate and claimed they were molested by Mohaniya and his supporters the day before.
During questioning, Mohaniya told police that some residents, including the complainants, had created a ruckus in his office, said sources. The MLA reportedly told police about three persons who were present in his office during an argument between him and the woman.
However, police sources said these witnesses, in their statement to police, had corroborated the allegations made by the complainant, not the MLA.
Why police decided to arrest MLA during press conference
A day before Mohaniya was arrested, the investigation officer in the molestation case had gone to the MLA’s house to issue a notice to join the probe, for the fourth time. But Mohaniya was not home and his father refused to accept the letter, said sources. Senior officials then decided to arrest the MLA, added sources.
According to sources, the strategy to arrest the MLA was monitored by the top brass. DCP (south) Ishwar Singh was at the Special Operation Team’s office in Pushp Vihar till 11.45 pm Friday to supervise the plan.
“However, senior officials did not want to raid his home at night,” said sources. When police came to know Mohaniya had called a press conference at his office Saturday morning, a team of 20 personnel was constituted under the supervision of station house officer (Neb Sarai) to arrest him, added sources.