AAP MLA Rakhi Birla lands in row over domestic violence case

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Apr 21, 2015 01:33 IST

A domestic violence complaint filed by Aam Aadmi Party MLA Rakhi Birla’s sister-in-law, only to withdraw it later, has led to a political battle of sorts, with the BJP and the Congress using it to attack the party.

Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee leader Sharmistha Mukherjee asked Birla, MLA from Mongolpuri, to take action against her brother.

“We appeal to the MLA to not stop proper action against her brother. It is shameful that such a thing has happened in her family,” said Mukherjee.

Delhi BJP chief Satish Upadhyay said: “Birla’s sister-in-law has alleged that Ms. Rakhi’s brother is misbehaving with her, at the MLA’s instance. It is surprising that the chief minister wanted to assign the women and child welfare department to such a person.”

While the AAP chose to remain silent, senior leader Kumar Vishwas retweeted a picture that showed a woman sitting with the BJP chief and said: “Lady sitting here with Satish Upadhyay is Rakhi Birla’s sister-in-law. BJP is using media to make AAP a soft target!”

According to police, the woman, identified as Priyanka, reached outer Delhi’s Rohini (south) police station on Sunday night and complained that Rakhi’s brother, Vikram Bidlan, had assaulted her and beaten her with a belt.

But on Monday afternoon, she decided to withdraw the complaint and no FIR was filed in the matter. “But if these things are repeated in the future, I will approach court,” she said.

Birla said she had nothing to do with the controversy and that she was with the victim. “I have nothing to do with my family and my two brothers. Whoever is guilty should be punished and I am with the woman,” said Birla.

Last week too, Rakhi Birla landed in a controversy over allegations that she received a brand new Scorpio car as a gift on her birthday and over a brawl at her birthday party.

(With PTI inputs)

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