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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

Jolly questioned for 4 hours, party rejects resignation

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, November 29, 2013
First Published: 23:50 IST(29/11/2013) | Last Updated: 01:45 IST(30/11/2013)

A day after an FIR was registered against Vijay Jolly for allegedly creating ruckus and defacing the property of former managing editor of Tehelka magazine Shoma Chaudhury, the senior BJP leader was questioned by police for over four hours on Friday.

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Jolly was questioned at the Saket police station where he had arrived around 2 pm along with five-six lawyers and some supporters, said a police officer. At around 6 pm, Jolly was allowed to leave the police station. He was not arrested.

The police had served a notice to Jolly on Thursday, asking him to present himself at the police station on Friday. The police have asked him to join the investigation on Saturday as well.

Sources in Delhi police said Jolly was questioned about the episode that unfolded on Thursday afternoon outside Choudhury’s house where he had gathered with his supporters.

“Asked if he was aware of the consequences of his offence, Jolly simply replied that he did nothing against the law. He refuted the allegations that all his acts were planned,” said a source.

Commenting on the incident, BJP president Rajnath Singh said, “Protesting in such a manner is not our culture. However, Jolly has unconditionally apologised to me and the party about the incident. He told me that he shouldn’t have done it and got swayed.”

Singh said Jolly had resigned from all party posts and the BJP was not planning to take any action against him. “We haven’t accepted his resignation. An FIR has already been registered,” the BJP president added. Jolly had on Thursday termed the protest as an individual act.

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“This protest was spontaneous and was not organised by the party. It was a decision taken in the spur of the moment,” said Jolly.Concerned over the impact his action could have on the party’s prospects in the Delhi Assembly polls, all senior BJP leaders, including Sushma Swaraj, Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitely, condemned the act.

Jolly, along with his supporters, reached Chaudhury’s house in Saket on Thursday and first raised slogans. The BJP leader then and threw black ink in front of Chaudhury’s house and scribbled the word ‘accused’ on her nameplate.

The protestors demanded Chaudhury’s arrest for maintaining ‘criminal silence’ on the alleged sexual assault of a former Tehelka journalist. They blocked Chaudhury’s car and some even tried to hurl ink at her face. Others, including Jolly, tried to climb on the car but were stopped by Delhi police personnel.


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