BJP leader Dayashankar Singh arrested in Bihar
Dayashankar Singh was arrested in a joint operation between Uttar Pradesh Police and Bihar Police from Buxar in Bihar.
BJP leader Dayashankar Singh, who was expelled from party posts after comparing BSP chief Mayawati to a prostitute last week, was arrested in Buxar in Bihar. ANI reported that the arrest too place after the Uttar Pradesh police and the Bihar police undertook a joint operation.
According to NDTV, Singh was arrested from Cheeni Mill Mohalla. The cops then took him to Lucknow.
#FLASH Expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh arrested in a joint operation between UP Police and Bihar Police from Buxar in Bihar
— ANI UP (@ANINewsUP) July 29, 2016
Singh has been on the run ever since he drew flak for claiming that Mayawati was selling BSP party tickets to the highest bidder and even a prostitute had a better work ethic. His remarks caused quite a stir in Parliament and simultaneous protests by women's groups and BSP leaders had broken out against the BJP.
Leaders like Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal had condemned Singh's remarks. BJP had also distanced itself from Singh and had immediately expelled him from party posts.
A case was registered against Singh on 20 July at the Hazratganj police station by Mewa Lal Gautam who said the now-sacked BJP state vice-president's statement had violated the honour of a Dalit woman and tried to foment trouble and tension between the two communities.
The police had lodged the FIR against Singh under Sections 153-A, 504 and 509 of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.
On Thursday, Mayawati had ridiculed the Uttar Pradesh government for not arresting Singh, alleging that he was roaming scot-free in BJP-ruled Jharkhand and giving interviews to media. "This clearly smacks of an understanding between BJP and the SP government which is indulging in drama over his arrest," she said, demanding that he be nabbed immediately.
On the same day, Singh failed to get a stay on his arrest from Allahabad High Court. The HC directed the UP government to file its reply by 5 August on his plea challenging the FIR. The Lucknow bench comprising justices Ajai Lamba and Ravindra Nath also directed that a copy of the reply be provided to the petitioner's counsel and fixed 8 August as the next date of hearing.
With inputs from agencies
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