Delhi Police arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Naresh Balyan in an assault case Friday, even as it obtained a non-bailable warrant against
another MLA of the ruling dispensation, Gulab Singh, in an extortion case.
Uttam Nagar MLA Balyan and co-accused Mahaveer were arrested on charges of voluntarily causing hurt and trespassing, said police.
Balyan is the 14th AAP MLA to be arrested. Henry George, a former AAP volunteer and president of Mohan Garden Residents Welfare Association, had accused Balyan and his associates of trespassing into his office, attacking him and issuing threats to his life on October 9.
Later, both the groups had registered complaints with police against each other.
Balyan and Mahaveer were called to Uttam Nagar police station, where were put under arrest, said sources.
The offences are bailable, the sources added. Dependra Pathak, Joint Commissioner of Police (southwestern range), confirmed the arrests and said people named in the cross-complaint would also be arrested.
Warrant against AAP MLA Gulab Singh in extortion case
A non-bailable warrant (NBW) has been issued against AAP legislator Gulab Singh in connection with an alleged extortion case in which his associates have already been arrested. A case had been registered in the matter under section section 384 (extortion) of the IPC at Bindapur police station on September 13.
Reacting to the development, Singh, the MLA from Matiala and also co-incharge of AAP’s Gujarat affairs, said, “The warrant is intended to put hurdles in the way of the Surat rally (on October 16). But we are not afraid of it.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal questioned the timing, wondering if Singh would be arrested before the party’s rally in Surat. “Just 2 days before Surat rally, Del police obtains Non-bailable warrant against our Guj prabhari, Gulab Singh in a completely false case. Will Gulab be arrested before the rally?” he tweeted.
According to the FIR, two property dealers Deepak Sharma and Rinku Diwan had alleged that Satish and Divender, who work in Singh’s office, and an associate, Jagdish, were extorting money from them. It was alleged that they had extorted Rs 2 lakh in two attempts, and were making a third attempt and demanded Rs 1.5 lakh. Police are investigating the allegation that they came to the complainant in a vehicle with a beacon that is suspected to belong to Singh, said sources. Satish and Divender were arrested from the spot after the complainant made a PCR call, said Surender Kumar, DCP (southwest), Friday. Jagdish was arrested a day after the case was registered, he added.
On the NBW issued by a Delhi court, he said, “We obtained it on Thursday, after he did not appear before police despite notices for joining the probe.” During investigations it was found that an organised extortion racket was being operated in the area, he added.
AAP minister Kapil Mishra said, “The warrant is politically driven. With two days to go for our mega rally at Surat, the state in-charge has a non-bailable warrant issued against him, that too for a case that does not really involve him but his driver.”