FIR against AAP leader for driving Kejriwal car ‘over foot of journalist’

  • Vishal Rambani, Hindustan Times, Patiala
  • Updated: May 26, 2016 21:37 IST

A day after Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal visited Sikh preacher Ranjit Singh Dhadrianwale at his headquarters near here, the police on Thursday lodged an FIR against a party leader, who was driving his car, for crushing a foot of a journalist under the wheel.

In her complaint, Preet Randhawa, a TV reporter, had alleged that when she was trying to talk to Kejriwal, the driver drove on, running over her foot. She took treatment at a local private hospital and then lodged the complaint that led to the FIR against local AAP leader Karanvir Singh Tiwana, who has said the woman was lying.

She alleged, “After inviting the media at Gurdwara Parmeshwar Dwar to cover Kejriwal’s meeting with Dhadrianwale, the media team of the Delhi CM refused to arrange a press briefing. As I tried to get in touch with Kejriwal, the driver (Tiwana), in a bid to rush the SUV to avoid the media, crushed my foot under the tyre.” The FIR was lodged under sections 279 and 337 of the Indian Penal Code for rash driving, at the Passiana police station.

Tiwana, however, said on Thursday that he was open to any probe: “She was near the vehicle, but was pushed aside by security staff before the vehicle moved. Police have the entire video recording of the convoy moving. I don’t know why she has lodged a complaint, but I can say that she is telling a lie.”

Police, meanwhile, have decided to first examine the video footage before any action on the FIR.

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