A Delhi Police team arrested AAP’s Delhi MLA and Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh in Surat on Sunday and produced him in front of a magistrate to obtain his transit remand.
The police team reached Surat minutes before Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. AAP has been playing the victim card since the time non-bailable warrant was issued against Yadav by Delhi Court.
He was questioned by officials of the Delhi Police. Earlier, a non-bailable warrant had been issued against the Matiala legislator for failing to join an investigation in an extortion case involving his associates. Singh’s driver was arrested in the same case last month along with an associate. Kejriwal has accused BJP national president Amit Shah of “attempts to disrupt his rally” in Surat.
He is the 14th Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Delhi to be arrested.
He had made the same allegation when he left Delhi on Thursday night.
“The warrant was issued two days before the rally and today a Delhi Police team has arrived to arrest Gulab Singh, who is Gujarat in-charge,” Mr. Kejriwal said.
“This shows the BJP is nervous. Amit Shah has also tried to organise protests against my visit. I appeal to him to not to disrupt the rally as it is not an AAP rally but a rally of Gujarat’s people.”
Before presenting himself to the Surat police commissioner, Gulab Singh told reporters that the charges against him were baseless.
“I am in Surat for the last six days. It is on the day of the rally that Delhi Police has arrived in Surat to arrest me. I am not in touch with those arrested in connection with the case,” he said.
On September 13, a case under section 384 (punishment for extortion) had been registered in the matter at the Bindapur police station. The FIR stated that 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.
The report further mentioned that the trio had extorted Rs 2 lakh in two attempts, and were making a third attempt and demanded Rs 1.5 lakh. It has been alleged by the complainants that the extortionists came to them in a vehicle with a beacon that suspectedly belongs to Singh.