Delhi police on Sunday arrested Aam Aadmi Party legislator from Okhla Aamanatullah Khan for threatening and abusing a woman.
“We have arrested the legislator on Sunday morning as the complainant again informed the police that he was threatening her and also trying to manipulate the evidences,” Additional DCP (South East) Rajeev Ranjan said.
Police said Khan is also accused of attempting to run over the woman with his car.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal confirmed the arrest on Twitter. “Just in – Modi ji arrests one more AAP MLA,” he tweeted. Kerjiwal and his party accuse the Modi government at the Centre of abusing its control of the Delhi Police to settle political scores with the AAP.
The 35-year-old woman had filed a case against Khan on July 20 for allegedly threatening her with dire consequences.
The alleged incident took place on July 10, when a 35-year-old woman went to the residence of Amanatullah in South Delhi’s Batla House locality after a telephonic conversation with him to complain about poor electricity supply in the area.
The woman alleged that Khan instructed a young man to threaten her with rape and murder for ‘politicising” the issue of power cuts in the capital.
A case was registered against the legislator under Sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Jamia Nagar police station in south Delhi, the officer said.
Following the arrest on Sunday, the AAP MLA’s supporters gathered outside the police station to protest Amanatullah’s arrest.
Party MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was earlier in June booked in a sexual harassment case.
Another party MLA Prakash Jarwal was also booked for sexual harassment and molestation.