Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) member Surinder Singh ‘Commando’ on Thursday said NDMC sanitary inspector’s complaint against him was a ‘ploy’ to tarnish his image.
Sanitary inspector Ram Jeevan Meena had on Wednesday filed a complaint against Singh at the Tughlaq Road police station for allegedly making casteist remarks against him.
Narrating his version of the events, however, Singh said Wednesday’s incident took place when he was trying to save a poor vegetable vendor from being threatened by the NDMC employees. He also alleged that the civic body employees had asked the vendor for a bribe.
“The enforcement team stopped the vendor around the Race Course Road and asked him for money. When I reached the spot, I saw them beating him up. I asked the vendor to go and very gently tried to resolve the matter with the employees. Being an NDMC member myself I thought I could talk to them, but they pressed false charges against me,” Singh told HT.
To verify his claim, Commando Singh also produced a video footage of the vegetable vendor, identified as 19-year-old Babu, narrating the incident.
“I was coming after selling vegetables when I was stopped by a group of men. They asked me to pay `3, 000. I told them that I was a poor man and did not have that kind of money. One of them pushed me and took all the money I had in my pocket, which was around `600, and they started beating me up,” Babu said in the video recording.
The authenticity of the video recording however could not be verified.
One of the NDMC officials, who was present when the incident took place, claimed that the vendor was stopped because he had entered a no entry zone. But he said that they had not asked him for any money.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police on Thursday served a second notice to AAP legislator Singh, asking him to join the probe pertaining the FIR filed against him by the NDMC inspector.
Sources in police said investigators might arrest the AAP legislator soon along with his driver and associate.
From Friday, police sources said, teams of New Delhi district police would begin raiding the AAP legislator’s house, office and other possible hideouts to apprehend him in the case he fails to join the probe.