Congress MLA Rumi Nath arrested for alleged car theft racket

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Guwahati
  • Updated: Apr 14, 2015 14:41 IST

A controversial MLA of the ruling Congress in Assam, Rumi Nath was arrested on Tuesday over her alleged links with a pan-India car theft racket, police said.

Her alleged links with the racket came to the fore after the arrest of her estranged second husband Jacky Zakir, who is said to be close to arrested car theft kingpin Anil Chauhan.

Chauhan, who was arrested by Guwahati police and was wanted in a number of cases in Delhi and Mumbai besides other states, was issued Assam assembly car passes on the recommendation of Nath.

“We have arrested her from the MLA hostel at around 7 am. At present, she has been kept at Dispur police station. During the day, we’ll produce her in court and seek police remand,” said Suprotive Lal Barua, assistant commissioner of police in Guwahati.

Nath, who represents Borkhola in Cachar district, had earlier courted controversy after had married Zakir in 2012 by converting to Islam and without divorcing her first husband.

The duo was subsequently assaulted by a mob at a Karimganj hotel in July 2012. They parted ways last year and are living separately since then.

Last year, an explicit video also surfaced, purportedly showing Rumi Nath undressing in front of a webcam while “chatting” with an unidentified person.

On Monday, the MLA had appeared before the press and said that she was not absconding.

“I am not absconding. I am innocent. Seeking anticipatory bail does not mean I am guilty. If I am proved guilty, I am ready to go to prison,” she had said.

Earlier, the Gauhati high court had rejected her two anticipatory bail applications in connection with two separate cases registered in Guwahati.

She had filed for anticipatory bail on April 9 following the arrest of Zakir, who was picked up on April 8 from his house in Badarpur in Karimganj district, while Nath’s personal security officer (PSO) Bedabrata Barpatra Gohain was caught from the special branch headquarters in the state capital.

According to police, one of the luxury cars used by Zakir is suspected to be a stolen one and sold by Chauhan to Nath who had allegedly “gifted” it to him.

The assembly secretariat too had issued a notice asking Nath to explain why she recommended issuance of car passes to the alleged car lifter, to which Nath responded by
saying that she had signed the car pass application form of Chauhan’s wife who is a Congress worker.

“I have no connection with Chauhan, but only know his wife who was also a Congress worker. This is just a political conspiracy to defame me... I have full faith in the law of the land and will cooperate with the police at every step,” Nath had said.

Assam Congress president Anjan Dutta has subsequently issued a showcause notice to Nath for her alleged involvement with the notorious car lifter.

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