The autorickshaw driver who slapped Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday at a roadshow was on Wednesday booked for voluntarily causing hurt to the former Delhi chief minister.
A case was registered against Lali for slapping Kejriwal, who sustained a minor injury in his left eye, during the roadshow in Sultanpuri in North-west Delhi yesterday.
"38-year-old Lali has been booked under Section 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and section 341 (wrongful restraint) of the IPC. FIR has been registered at Sultanpuri police station. We are not arresting him as of now," Additional Commissioner of police (Outer) Sanjay Kumar said.
The police registered the case against Lali on its own after it summoned him for questioning.
Lali had first garlanded Kejriwal and then slapped him at the roadshow. Kejriwal was injured in his eye and his spectacles were damaged in the attack.
Lali had accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling promises made to autodrivers. He was later detained by the police but was let off as no complaint was lodged against him by either Kejriwal or AAP.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal visited Lali's residence this afternoon and said that he had "forgiven" him.
"I forgave him," he said after meeting Lali at his residence in Aman Vihar area of Outer Delhi.
The AAP leader then met Police Commissioner BS Bassi and asked him to track down the mastermind behind the recent attacks on him.
"Even if you deploy 20 policemen with me, these attacks will keep on happening. Track the masterminds and the attacks will stop," Kejriwal said, maintaining that he will not take security.
The AAP leader had called off the roadshow following the incident and headed for Rajghat where he sat for over an hour.
Later at a press conference, Kejriwal had alleged that attacks on him are a part of a "larger conspiracy" and questioned why these acts were only carried out against him and his party.
"Why do these people attack only us and not others. In future, we will also have more dangerous attacks and life threatening attacks, but we have to be ready to face them and not retaliate," Kejriwal said.