A Delhi Police team on Sunday left for Gujarat to arrest MLA Gulab Singh, against whom a non-bailable warrant was issued by a city court on Thursday.
Singh is being probed in an alleged extortion case. Three men, allegedly his aides, have been already arrested for extortion.
Joint commissioner of police (south west) Dependra Pathak confirmed that a team had left for Gujarat to execute the non-bailable warrant. Pathak said that for the last one month, Singh had refused to join investigation.
“We approached the court because he was continuously refusing to join the investigations. We had asked him to join the probe again after a court executed a non-bailable warrant against him.”
The Aam Aadmi Party cried foul and said the move to arrest the legislator from Matiala was a ploy to spoil Kejriwal’s rally in Gujarat on Sunday. Gulab Singh is also the AAP’s in charge in Gujarat.
“If it was only about the case, the police could have arrested him any day. But tomorrow is Arvind Kejriwal’s rally in Surat. The BJP government is rattled by AAP’s popularity and that is why they are resorting to such tricks,” an AAP spokesperson said.
The party said frivolous cases have been filed against their leaders in the past to target them. “Cases have been filed against our leaders on various charges. We are being targeted,” the spokesperson said.
Last month, a case of extortion was filed at the Bindapur police station after locals nabbed two men allegedly threatening two property dealers. A third man, who fled, was seen leaving in a car belonging to the MLA.
The two property dealers, Rinku Diwan and Deepak Sharma, had then alleged that three men -- Satish, Jagdish and Devender -- barged into their office and demanded money.
When Diwan refused, he was allegedly beaten up. Diwan and Sharma, however, managed to raise an alarm. A few locals, who were present in the area, heard them and rushed to help.
According to the police, the locals managed to catch hold of Satish and Jagdish, after a brief scuffle. Devender escaped in the MLA’s car.
Gulab Singh had earlier told HT that he knew Devender and Satish but denied having any association with Jagdish. Singh had said the two usually used his car but denied allegations of extortion.
Satish and Jagdish work at the MLA’s office while Devender belongs to the MLA’s village at Ghuman Hera in Najafgarh.
Singh was reportedly not in Delhi when the three allegedly trespassed into the property dealer’s office and tried to extort money from them.