New Delhi: In yet another arrest of an AAP MLA, Amanatullah Khan was today held in connection with a sexual harassment case filed against him by his sister-in-law, the second time the legislator has faced action by Delhi Police in three months.
"Khan was called to join investigation at the office of DCP(Southeast) and he was arrested on charges of sexual harassment and criminal intimidation around 2.10 PM today," said RP Upadhyay, joint commissioner of police, southeastern range.
After his arrest on Wednesday, Khan, who represents Okhla constituency in south Delhi, took to Twitter and wrote: "Came here at (the) DCP office Sarita Vihar for general discussion. But they arrested me." After arrest, Khan was taken to a Saket court. The MLA had alleged that he was "being framed by the police" which is "under pressure" to arrest him.
Following the complaint, a FIR was lodged against Khan and the the woman's husband at the Jamia Nagar police station in south Delhi on 10 September.
The complainant accused Khan of pressurising her to establish physical relations. Khan has denied the allegation, saying he had "no connection with the woman at all".
The AAP leader was booked under Sections 354 (assault or criminal force on woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation), 498-A (relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) and criminal conspiracy, police said.
This is the second time in three months that Khan has been arrested by the Delhi Police on complaints by women. Khan was arrested on 24 July on a complaint by a Jasola resident who alleged that he tried to mow her down after she visited his residence to raise the issue of power cuts.
He was released on bail on July 28. The case was registered under Sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman or eve teasing) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Jamia Nagar police station.
Earlier on 18 September, the Okhala MLA, who is out on bail in another case of molestation and criminal intimidation, had gone to the Jamia Nagar Police station and asked the police to arrest him but they refused.
Fifteen AAP MLAs have been booked by the Delhi Police till now on various charges and 12 have been arrested. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was also been named in an FIR registered by the ACB in connection with alleged "administrative and financial irregularities" in the functioning of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW).
The Aam Aadmi Party has alleged political vendetta in the action against its lawmakers by the Delhi Police, which comes under the Union Home Ministry.
With inputs from agencies