Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of imposing “emergency” in Delhi after Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Dinesh Mohaniya was arrested by police on Saturday.
Mohaniya, the Sangam Vihar legislator, was arrested based on a complaint filed at Neb Sarai police station on June 23 by a group of women who alleged that he had abused them when they approached him with a complaint on a water crisis in their locality.
“Mohaniya has been arrested under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (sexual harassment), 354 B (assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (voyeurism),” joint commissioner of police (South East) RP Upadhyay said.
Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorizing, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 25, 2016
Mohaniya, who is also vice chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, was picked up by a police team while he was addressing a press conference at his office in Khanpur in South Delhi.
“Dinesh mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What msg does [Prime Minister Narendra] Modi want to give to everyone?” chief minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted in Mohaniya’s defence.
Mohaniya’s supporters gathered outside Neb Sarai police station to protest against his arrest.
The complainants, who are residents of Sangam Vihar, alleged that Mohaniya and his accomplices “manhandled” and “threatened” them when they sought his help.
Mohania, however, dismissed the charges against him as “baseless”.
“I am ready to cooperate with the police investigation but the allegations against me are baseless,” he said.
Mohaniya found himself in trouble on Friday as well when another case was registered against him at Govindpuri police station for allegedly slapping a 60-year-old man in Tughlakabad area.
In a statement, the legislator said, “All the allegations against me are not only false, but also part of a larger conspiracy.”
He questioned how a TV news channel knew about the FIR against him at 2 pm when the police claimed the complaint was filed at 7:30 pm. Also, he said women party workers had filed a complaint against the 60-year-old man, but no police action was taken in this regard.
Claiming a larger conspiracy behind his late-night detention for a bailable offence, he said he was being framed in a false case because the AAP was questioning lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung’s role in the murder of New Delhi Municipal Council official MM Khan.
With inputs from agencies