On Sunday, Delhi police arrested Aamanatullah Khan, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Okhla, after a woman alleged she was harassed by a youth at the legislator's residence in southeast Delhi's Jamia Nagar area, police said. However according to a report by The Indian Express, the party claimed that the complainant was ‘pressurised’ to record a false statement.
“We have arrested the legislator today (Sunday) morning as the complainant again informed the police that he was threatening her and also trying to manipulate the evidences,” said Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (South East) Rajeev Ranjan. “We will produce him in court today,” the officer added.
The 35-year-old woman, a resident of Jasola, filed a case against Khan on 20 July for allegedly threatening her with dire consequences. The police said that the complainant had also accused the AAP leader of attempting to run her over with his car.
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.
The alleged incident took place on 10 July, when the complainant went to the residence of the AAP MLA in South Delhi's Batla House locality after a telephonic conversation with him to complain about poor electricity supply in the area.
The complainant claimed the minister did not meet her and while she was returning, the youth came out of the house, abused her and threatened her that she would die if she did not stop politicising the matter.
The complainant alleged that she was abused on "Khan's orders."
However Aamanatullah said he did not even know if the woman came to his residence. He also said that the day the complainant alleged Khan threatened her, he was away in Meerut.
After the arrest Khan's supporters gathered outside the Jamia Nagar police station to protest his arrest.
Due to a few discrepancies in the statements given by the complainant, party workers are alleging that the accusations are false. AAP also released a video footage and transcript of a conversation where the complainant is heard saying that 'the SHO of Jamia Nagar police station asked her to add allegations of threats — on raping and killing her — in the FIR’.
Watch how SHO forced complainant to put rape allegations against AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan.https://t.co/s8OKp1UdJv
— AAP Delhi Official (@aapdelhincr) July 23, 2016
The video also shows the involvement of the BJP workers in the complaint filed by the woman.
Arvind Kejriwal, leader of the AAP, reacted to the incident on Twitter, alleging that the Modi government is setting up the AAP workers.
Just in - Modi ji arrests one more AAP MLA.
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 24, 2016
In a statement, the AAP Delhi unit convener alleged, “Instead of worrying about the security of the common man, police are busy framing AAP MLAs in false cases. Instructions are being given directly by the Union Home Ministry and the Prime Minister’s Office to police to target AAP leaders. One after the other, MLAs are being targeted to avenge the BJP’s defeat in the assembly elections."
The BJP also attacked the AAP, accusing it of having "anti-women character" after Khan was arrested for threatening the woman.
"This party (AAP) has anti-women character and is filled with criminal minded people who don't respect women," said BJP Delhi unit chief Satish Upadhyay.
Earlier in the month, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) arrested Delhi government’s principal secretary to the chief minister, Rajendra Kumar, along with four other persons for misuse of power and position in granting favours to a private company.
Rajendra Kumar was appointed the principal secretary (PS) to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in February 2015.
With inputs from agencies