A day before Delhi goes to the polls, three members of the Aam Aadmi Party met Delhi Police commissioner BS Bassi, requesting more time for their candidate Naresh Balyan to join the investigation in the liquor smuggling case.
Their visit came just hours after Bassi told reporters at the headquarters that Balyan had failed to present himself before the investigating officer on three occasions so he could possibly be arrested if he continued to ignore the police summon.
Last week, the Delhi Police crime branch had recovered around 8,000 liquor bottles which they alleged were smuggled by Balyan for distributing to voters during the elections. Police said the bottles were seized in the presence of an Election Commission official from one of the properties his family owns in the area.
Prima facie, investigation has revealed that the liquor was smuggled from Bahadurgarh in Haryana.
On Thursday, the police had sent a third summon that was pasted outside his west Delhi residence. “…..There is reasonable suspicion that you have committed a cognizable offence. In case you deliberately and willfully avoid your appearance at the specified date, time and place mentioned above, it will be assumed that you are avoiding the investigation and not co-operating in the investigation. Necessary action as per the law will be taken against you,” reads the final summon sent to him on Thursday night.
Police sources said Balyan had been given time till Sunday to appear before the crime branch.
Earlier in the day, the AAP party leaders said Delhi Police was under pressure from BJP to harass and file fictitious cases against AAP candidates.
“There is pressure on officers to make all kinds of allegations. This is their politics. Allegations against Balyan are all false,” AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal said.
Senior leader Ashutosh tweeted on Friday morning, “I called up the police commissioner last night to tell him that police is trying to pressurise and traumatize our candidates under the influence of BJP. He did not pick my phone, will try to meet during the day to request him to not get pressurised.”