Bahujan Samaj Party legislator from Dholpur B L Kushwaha allegedly involved in a murder case surrendered before the police Monday amidst a crowd of supporters.
Kushwaha, also wanted in a chit fund fraud case, had been absconding since earlier this year and was arrested by a joint team of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh police at the state legislative assembly in February this year, while he was taking oath as the newly elected MLA from Dholpur.
Kushwaha was granted bail from the Rajasthan High Court which has now been turned down. Kushwaha is accused of criminal conspiracy and murder of a youth in Dholpur in December 2012.
Deputy Inspector General, CID (Crime Branch), Giriraj Meena, said, “We could arrest the accused earlier as he was absconding. Kushwaha has surrendered today and interrogation is being done. He will be produced before a Dholpur court on Tuesday. Kushwaha is suspected to be involved in a murder along with two others. While one of them has already been arrested, we are on the lookout for the other.”
The sitting MLA announced that he would surrender in the presence of his supporters on Monday morning while alleging political conspiracy against him.
“I was taking recourse to legal proceedings but now the High Court has turned down my bail plea. I have done nothing wrong, then why should I be scared of anything? This is a political conspiracy against me. I will cooperate with the police investigation.
“The ruling government could not tolerate the fact that despite getting such a huge mandate across the state, they could not keep me from getting elected in Dholpur. It was unbearable for them to see a farmer’s son sitting alongside them in the same House (legislative assembly),” Kushwaha said before surrendering himself at the police headquarters.
“I was interrogated several times in 2012 but nothing incriminating came up against me.” he said.
A case of chit fund fraud was also registered against 33-year-old Kushwaha in MP in May 2011. However proceedings were initiated only after the assembly elections held in December last year. Kushwaha had been absconding since then and had deferred his oath taking ceremony at the legislative assembly.
When he ran out of time for his swearing in ceremony, he briefly appeared in the February session of the assembly and was arrested in connection with the fraud case by the police from there.