Claiming innocence in a chit fund case, Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha vice president Abhishek Bhargava on Tuesday said he would end his life if the charges of his alleged involvement in the scam are proven in a court.
On Monday, a court issued an arrest warrant against Bhargava and two others after an application was filed by the manager of Shraddha Saburi Commodities Private Limited, Vasant Upadhyay, against the trio. The company is charged with duping people of about Rs 25 crore by making false promise of lucrative returns. Bharghav and the two accused were said to be directors of the company.
Bhargava was granted bail by the court after he furnished a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and a fixed deposit of Rs 20 lakh.
“I have no knowledge about the company with which I have been linked with. If at least 1% of the charges are proven before the court, I will commit suicide before being handed any punishment by the court. I was issued no notice about the arrest warrant and I came to know about it through media reports. Nobody informed me about the charges that were put against me by Upadhyay... After knowing about the arrest warrant, I surrendered before the court within 24 hours,” Bhargava told reporters.
Bhargava, the son of panchayat, rural development & social justice and disabled welfare minister Gopal Bhargava, added he would not have surrendered if he was guilty.
“I have no connection with this company. My only fault is that I am the son of minister Gopal Bhargava. This whole episode is propaganda to malign me and my family’s image. This is a conspiracy planned by our rivals who may be within BJP or the opposition party. I will soon meet BJP state president and chief minister... I demand a CBI inquiry in this case which will help in revealing the truth,” he added.