Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Friday accused Delhi Police of ‘plotting’ against party legislator and in-charge of Gujarat unit, Gulab Singh, by trying to ‘implicate’ him in a false case.
Kejriwal is scheduled to address his maiden pre-election rally in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat on Sunday.
The reaction came after a non-bailable warrant (NBW) was issued on Thursday against Gulab Singh for failing to join investigations in an extortion case.
Hours before leaving for Gujarat, Kejriwal took to Twitter and raised questions on whether Singh, AAP’s Matiala MLA, who currently in Surat overseeing preparations for the October 16 rally, will be arrested ahead of the rally.
“Just 2 days before Surat rally, Del police obtains Non-bailable warrant against our Guj prabhari, Gulab Singh in a completely false case (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted. “Will Gulab be arrested before the rally? (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted.
“BJP is scared in Gujarat. Non bailable warrant issued by Delhi police ag Gujarat in-charge AAP MLA Gulab Singh few hours b4 Kejariwal rally (Sic),” senior party leader Ashutosh tweeted.
The case against Singh was filed last month at the Bindapur police station and four men, allegedly linked to him, were arrested. Singh’s Innova car, bearing stickers of Delhi MLA and Delhi Vidhan Sabha, was also seized.
Sources said the legislator has been given a deadline till Friday evening to appear before the investigator, after which he could be arrested. “If he fails to appear within the given time, we will consider our options and arrest him. We may send a team to Gujarat and take the MLA into custody,” said a senior police officer.
“We have collected enough evidence against the MLA to prove his involvement in a bigger and organised extortion syndicate,” the officer added.
Reacting to the police’s move against him, Singh told HT that the NBW was issued even as he had informed the police that he was in Gujarat for party work and will join the probe on October 18.
“I wrote to the investigating officer (IO) on October 9 to inform that I will be available for investigation on October 18. But they (the police) got the warrant issued against me. It’s a politically motivated step on behalf of some BJP leaders,” said Singh.
Asked if he will join the probe by Friday, Singh reiterated that he will appear before the police on October 18.