Aam Aadmi Party MLA and incharge of its Gujarat affairs Gulab Singh Yadav was on Tuesday sent to 14 days in judicial custody in connection with an extortion case by a Delhi court which declined police’s plea seeking his custodial interrogation. Yadav, who was arrested from Gujarat and brought to New Delhi on transit remand, was produced before Metropolitan Magistrate Kishor Kumar who remanded him to judicial custody. The police sought five-day custody of Delhi’s Matiala legislator saying they needed to interrogate him as it seemed that an organised extortion racket was being run.
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The police plea was opposed by Yadav’s counsel who said the other accused in the case have already been granted bail. Last month, two property dealers, Deepak Sharma and Rinku Diwan, had alleged that Satish and Devinder, who worked in Yadav’s office, and an associate Jagdish were extorting money from them by threatening to get a building, where the property dealers were operating from, demolished.
A case under section 384 (punishment for extortion) IPC was registered at Bindapur police station on September 13. Following this, a non-bailable warrant was issued against the MLA on October 14 for allegedly not joining probe.
Police had alleged that the MLA was arrested under charge of running an extortion racket and there was concrete evidence against him for his arrest. It had alleged that the probe and statements by the arrested accused have revealed that it was an “organised extortion syndicate” with “links” to Yadav and he was the kingpin of the extortion exercise and its management