Kejriwal reacts after AAP MLA Mohaniya's arrest, says Modi has declared 'emergency'

Police on Saturday arrested AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, who allegedly assaulted a 60-year-old man at southeast Delhi's Tughlaqabad area.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Mohaniya's defense and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of terrorising the MLAs of his party. This came a day after the central government returned 14 pending bills of the Delhi government. It only adds to the long ongoing tussle between the two governments.

"Dinesh mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What msg does Modi want to give to everyone?" he said in another tweet.

This is the second case registered against the Sangam Vihar legislator in one week. In his complaint, the 60-year-old man told police that Mohaniya allegedly slapped him, and his men thrashed him, when he approached the MLA to complain about severe water crisis in his locality on Wednesday, a senior police official said.

"Mohaniya has been arrested under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (Sexual harassment), 354 B (Assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (Voyeurism), said Joint Commissioner of Police(south East) RP Upadhyay.

Mohaniya was reportedly taken away from a live press conference at his office in South Delhi on Saturday.

On 23 June, a complaint was filed against him for misbehaving with a woman, who had also visited his office to complain about their water crisis. Speaking to ANI, the woman had said, "He pushed me & other women, abused us. We want a case against Dinesh Mohaniya, he should be arrested."

Mohaniya denied all charges and said, "BJP is trying to divert issue from MM Khan murder case by levelling false charges against me."

AAP leader, Ashutosh, however, accused Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung of slapping false charges against his party's MLAs.

He also told reporters that "If you look at the events in the last few days, 14 bills (passed by the Delhi Assembly) have been sent back (by the Centre). Mohaniya was arrested. The SHO probing Khan's murder case has been transferred. All these suggest one thing, that it is being done to pressurise AAP, which has been taking forward the case, and save LG Najeeb Jung, BJP MP Maheish Girri and NDMC vice-chairman Karan Tanwar."

Soon after the arrest, AAP said "Our MLA wasn't allowed to hold a press conference peacefully, was arrested in presence of media." It further went on to say that the BJP is conspiring against and taking a revenge on Mohaniya.

Ishwar Singh, DCP of South Delhi, said that Mohaniya was summoned after a complaint was filed against him.

Since he did not cooperate and serious allegations were levelled against him, the police had no option but to arrest him, Singh added.

With inputs from PTI

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Updated Date: Jun 25, 2016 18:14:11 IST