Controversial BSP MLA Jitendra Singh Babloo along with another party leader Intizar Ahmad Abdi were on Thursday arrested in connection with arson at UP Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi's residence two years back.
Singh, who represents Bikapur constituency in Faizabad, and Abdi, chairman of Ganna Sanstha having minister of state status, were picked up by the CB-CID late evening and handed over to Hussainganj police, where a case was lodged, official sources said in Lucknow.
Joshi's house, located in high-security zone here, was vandalised and torched on July 15 night after her alleged remarks against UP chief minister Mayawati.
Later a complaint was lodged by the Congress naming the MLA, Abdi and few others.
While the Congress alleged that the arson was government-sponsored and demanded a CBI inquiry, the state government ordered a CB-CID probe into the incident.
On July 19, Abdi was appointed the chairman of state sugar corporation, a move that invited Congress's ire.
A local court on February 3 2010 directed the police to lodge an FIR against the BSP MLA and nine others, including three police officers.
The order was issued on an application moved by general secretary of state Congress committee Rajveer Singh under section 156 (3) of the CrPC.
The applicant had alleged that on the day of incident his car was torched by the BSP MLA, Abdi and some unidentified persons.
Claiming that several documents kept in his car were destroyed in the incident, Rajveer alleged that police officers present on the spot connived with the culprits.
Admitting the application, chief judicial magistrate Pramod Kumar had directed Husainganj police to register an FIR against BSP MLA, Abdi, SHO Husainganj Balram Saroj, then Circle Officer Hazratganj B S Gabrial, SP East Harish Kumar and five others.