Much to the embarrassment of the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leadership, party's Patiala unit press secretary Sukhjit Singh Baghora was arrested by police alleged on Tuesday for extortion and threatening a woman.
SHO at the Tripari police station Shaminder Singh said complainant Satpal Kaur alleged there was a rift between her son Harcharanvir Singh and daughter-in-law Balwinder Kaur over some issue for past many months.
Balwinder had also slapped a case against Satpal for compensation, as she was living separately in a rented accommodation, said police.
The SHO said in the meantime, the accused, Sukhjit, tried to act as middleman and offered complainant to execute reconciliation between her son and daughter-in-law.
“Sukhjit demanded `10,000 for reconciling them following which he started pressurising me to stick with his deal. When I refused, he barged into my house, assaulted me, and threatened me of dire consequences,” Satpal said.
The accused Sukhjit is purportedly a protégé of rural and panchayat development minister Surjit Singh Rakhra.
A case against Sukhjit has been registered under Sections 323 (punishment for causing injuries voluntarily), 384 (punishment for extortion), 451 (house-trespass in order to commit offence) and 511 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) act.