With FIRs against 11 MLAs, AAP gears up for more ‘politically motivated’ cases
Within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), MLAs have been spotted jokingly placing bets among themselves, asking who will be the next to be accused in an FIR in Delhi.delhi Updated: Jul 21, 2016 23:46 IST
Within the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), MLAs have been spotted jokingly placing bets among themselves, asking who will be the next to be accused in an FIR in Delhi.
With FIRs lodged against 11 AAP MLAs for offences ranging from domestic violence and molestation to forged degrees, others are wondering if cases would be lodged against them in the future.
The party has maintained that a majority of these cases are politically motivated and a result of vendetta and misuse of the police force.
There are three MLAs that the AAP has not defended after cases were filed against them. This includes Asim Ahmed Khan, against whom the Delhi government filed a complaint of corruption with the CBI.
The other two are Kondli MLA Manoj Kumar against whom cases of land grabbing, outraging a woman’s modesty and causing hurt have been registered and former law minister Jitendra Singh Tomar who has been charged with using fake degrees to enroll with the Delhi Bar Council.
The party had initially defended Tomar but changed its stance after proof emerged of his wrongdoing. Leaders, however, point out that 13 months after he was arrested, no chargesheet has been filed against him.
“Akhilesh Pati Tripathi, accused of molestation, has already been acquitted since the charges against him could not be proved. The same thing is going to happen with most other MLAs. These charges are nothing but political vendetta,” said a senior AAP leader.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, during the ‘Talk to AK’ programme, said that all AAP MLAs should get ready to be arrested.
“Our MLA, Commando Surinder Singh, who fought against terrorists during the 26/11 Mumbai attacks and lost his hearing, has been accused of casteist abuse and assault. He was only asking NDMC officials to not to take bribe. MLA Akhilesh Pati Tripathi was accused of sexual harassment there wasn’t any evidence against him and he was acquitted. The Centre is treating AAP MLAs the way the British used to treat freedom fighters. I have asked MLAs to be ready to go to jail. I have told them this is the second freedom struggle,” he said.
AAP LEGISLATORS IN THE DOCK
11 AAP MLAs have cases registered against them. Except Alka Lamba and Asim Ahmed Khan who was not arrested, all others were held and released on bail.
Cases: Two FIRs— the recent one on July 6, 2016, when a woman accused him of molestation and threatening her when she went to DJB to file a complaint.
First FIR on May 22, 2014, for assaulting a Delhi Jal Board engineer when he refused to listen to his instructions while supervising a drilling work in Sangam Vihar.
Status: Arrested a day later in first case, no arrest in the second one
Sangam Vihar MLA
Cases: FIR for molesting, assaulting and threatening a woman who had gone to meet him about a water problem in her area on June 22, a day later another FIR against him for slapping and manhandling a senior citizen in Govindpuri. The senior citizen alleged he was beaten when he complained about local issues.
Status: Arrested on June 25 for molestation
Hari Nagar MLA
Case: FIR for causing hurt, criminal intimidation and wrongful restraint of manager of a waste management company on May 21, 2016.
Status: Arrested on May 29
Case: Rioting and assaulting a public servant at a protest in west Delhi’s Nihal Vihar on January 27, 2016.
Status: Arrested on January 29
AKHILESH PATI TRIPATHI
Model Town MLA
Cases: Molestation, misbehaviour with a woman and rioting in 2013, registered against him across police stations.
Status: Arrested for molestation in November 2015. Acquitted in Molestation and rioting cases.
Malviya Nagar MLA, former Delhi law minister
Cases: Attempt to murder, domestic violence, cheating registered by his wife Lipika Mitra in September, 2015. Two other cases registered against him in connection with the midnight Khirki Extension raid in 2014 which African women were allegedly molested and manhandled by a mob led by Bharti. Latest case is for instigating supporters to misbehave with a woman.
Status of cases: Arrested on September 29, 2015, in the domestic violence charge, after he evaded arrest for a week.
SURINDER SINGH ‘COMMANDO’
MLA from Delhi Cantonment
Case: Casteist remarks against an NDMC sanitation inspector belonging to a schedule caste, obstructing him and other NDMC employees from performing government duty on August 4, 2015.
Status: Arrested on August 21
Chandni Chowk MLA
Case: FIR in August 2015 on complaint of a businessman who said Lamba trespassed his shop and ransacked it. She was also booked for manhandling a constable at the spot.
Status: Not been arrested
JITENDER SINGH TOMAR
Tri Nagar MLA, former Delhi law minister
Cases: Enrolling with Delhi Bar Council using fake LLB and BSc degree. FIR registered at the Hauz Khas police station June 8, 2015.
Status: Arrested on June 10, 2015
Cases: Four FIRs for charges including land grabbing, outraging a woman’s modesty and causing hurt; registered at three east Delhi police stations.
Status: FIRs registered in May 2014, arrested on July 9, 2015, for land grabbing