Almost after a week of Arvind Kejriwal's visit to Gujarat, a toll plaza employee on Thursday filed a police complaint against the drivers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader's convoy, who allegedly did not pay toll tax while passing through a toll plaza in Kutch.
AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal during his election campaign at Mani nagar, in Ahmedabad, India. (HT Photo/Virendra Singh Gosain)
This comes after reports that an FIR was filed against Kejriwal and some volunteers of the party.
Police officials have now confirmed to Hindustan Times the complaint was filed against the drivers and not the AAP leaders or party supporters as was reported by some TV news channels.
The complainant Dipendra Singh Tomar alleged in the complaint that no toll tax was paid on March 6 by the convoy that included around a dozen cars.
He stated that not paying the tax was violation of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI) notification.
Tomar also submitted CCTV footage to show that cars had passed without paying.
However, AAP leaders in Gujarat saw the move as a "vindictive step" by the authorities at the behest of the Narendra Modi government, which felt threatened following the successful visit by Kejriwal.
On Thursday, another FIR was filed against Kejriwal and his party members by the Mumbai Police for the chaos that ensued upon his visit to the city.
The FIR was filed at the Airport police station under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code for disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant.
The Gujarat government had on Thursday accused Kejriwal and other party members of not paying the road toll at three places during his tour of the state to verify the claims of development by Modi.
"Kejriwal and other state leaders of AAP have skipped toll tax payment at three place, moving off with his entire cavalcade," Gujarat government spokesperson and finance minister Nitin Patel had said.
"He did not pay the toll at Varahi toll booth in Patan district and Surajbari and Samakhiyali in Kutch district," Patel alleged.
"Former Gujarat MLA from BJP, Kanubhai Kalsariya, was also travelling with him. They did not stop their car even when the toll-booth employee asked them to do so," he claimed.
Reacting to the allegation, AAP's state convener Sukhdev Patel had said, "They should first check their own history before making such allegations against us. They took Vitthal Radadiya, accused of showing a gun to toll-booth employee for asking the toll tax, in their party," he said.
"They even made his son minister in their cabinet, so they have no face to make such allegations," he said further.
During his four-day profile visit to the state, Kejriwal had slammed Modi calling him "property dealer of Tata, Adani and Ambani."
He was also prevented from going to Modi's residence to him the BJP's prime ministerial candidate to debate with him about issues related to Gujarat's development.
(With inputs from PTI)