A Delhi Police team arrested AAP’s Delhi MLA and Gujarat in-charge Gulab Singh in Surat on Sunday and produced him in front of a magistrate to obtain his transit remand.
The MLA was arrested hours before Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s public rally in Surat scheduled for the evening. He is the 14th AAP MLA to be arrested.
Ahead of his arrest, Singh had presented himself to the Surat police commissioner even as a Delhi Police team armed with a non-bailable arrest warrant arrived to arrest him.
The NBW against Singh was issued two days back in a connection with an extortion case after Singh had failed to present himself for interrogation.
Ahead of the MLA’s arrest, Kejriwal, on his third and last day of Gujarat tour, accused BJP national president Amit Shah of going out of way to disrupt the AAP’s rally.
“The NBW was issued two days before the rally and today a Delhi police team has arrived to arrest Singh, who is Gujarat in-charge, hours before Surat rally. This shows that BJP is nervous. Shah has also tired to arrange protest against my visit. I appeal him to not to disrupt the rally as it is not AAP’s but the rally of Gujarat’s people.”
Before presenting himself to the Surat police commissioner, Singh told the media that charges against him were baseless. “I am in Surat since six days. But it is on the day of rally that Delhi Police has arrived in Surat to arrest me. I am not in touch with those arrested in connection with case,” said Singh.
Kejriwal, who met the families who lost sons in police firing on the Patidar protesters last year, is set to address party’s first rally in Varaccha, which has sizeable population of Patidars.