Aam Aadmi Party supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal took on the central government on Sunday over the arrest of his party MLA, Surender Singh.
“Modi government gets commando Surender arrested. In less than 24 hours, he gets bail. What is Modi ji trying to achieve?” Kejriwal tweeted on Sunday morning, a day after the Delhi Cantonment MLA was granted bail by a Delhi court.
Singh, a former NSG commando, was arrested on Friday evening on charges of making casteist remarks against a New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) sanitation inspector earlier this month. Section 367, which is made out for kidnapping or abducting to cause grievous hurt, slavery etc, was also imposed.
The party, meanwhile, has asked the Delhi Police to explain on whose directions it had acted and arrested Singh in a case of kidnapping.
“AAP leadership had itself twice taken commando Surender to the top brass of the Delhi Police and had categorically told them that the police will not have to look for any AAP MLA or volunteer against whom it registers an FIR, since we have nothing to hide,” a statement issued by the party said.
The party also targeted the central government, under whom the Delhi Police falls.
“It is extremely shocking that the top Delhi Police officials, who of late have been making political statements at the behest of BJP’s central government, badly miscalculated their move to harass a former commando who had courageously fought and in the process even lost hearing capacity partially during the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack. The Delhi Police, whose unjustifiable actions are being dictated by the BJP leadership, is running the risk of losing even further its already severely eroded credibility further and its facade of impartiality is in tatters,” the party statement said.