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Malerkotla Quran desecration case: AAP legislator Naresh Yadav grilled for 5hrs, cops ‘not satisfied’

Legislator will be called again for questioning: Police

Written by Divya Goyal | Ludhiana | Published: July 6, 2016 12:24:39 pm
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AAP legislator Naresh Yadav, booked in the Malerkotla Quran desecration case, was grilled for over five hours on Tuesday at Crime Investigation Agency (CIA) office in Patiala.

Sources in the force told The Indian Express that they were not satisfied with his answers and that they will call him for questioning again.

“Although Yadav accepted that he met Kumar on June 24 at his residence, he could not give us details of the meeting,” said Pritpal Singh Thind, SSP, Sangrur. “We had prepared around 100 questions for him of which we asked around 40. The answers he gave were not satisfactory. We will be summoning him in the next couple of days.”

Kumar and Yadav were questioned together face-to-face, a source in the police department said.

“Yadav was repeatedly asked that why exactly Vijay had met him, for how many hours were they together and what all were discussed. His version did not match with what Vijay said. Vijay repeatedly told the MLA: ‘I did this on your orders’. But Yadav did not say much. He was defensive. He completely denied his hand in the Quran desecration,” said the source.

Asked if MLA would also be undergoing polygraph test, Thind said, “First Vijay will be tested on July 7. After second round of interrogation if MLA fails to give specific details, he too will be made to undergo the polygraph test.”

‘Will return, if needed’ MLA Yadav was accompanied by party’s Punjab affairs in charge Sanjay Singh and AAP Patiala leader Balbir Singh, though both were not allowed to be with him during questioning. Speaking to the media after interrogation, Yadav said, “I have replied to each and every question the police asked me. If they will summon me again, I will be here. I have full faith in the law.” He also blamed Badals for hatching this “conspiracy” against him.

Protests outside office Meanwhile, the Crime investigation agency office turned into a fortress as both AAP and SAD volunteers protested outside. AAP volunteers raised slogans against Badals and accused them of ‘framing’ their MLA. Akali workers protested against Yadav and raised slogans against AAP.


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