Swift to register a molestation case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ex-servicemen’s wing state president and his son on Thursday here, the local police are slack in booking one of their own men accused of sending lewd text messages to a woman in distress.
About 15 days ago, the woman had accused the cop of making sexual advances on telephone. The matter is “still under investigation”, and no case has been made out against the man in khaki. AAP leader Jeevan Singh and his son (17) were booked under Sections 354 (criminal force to outrage woman’s modesty), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 120-B (punishment for criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police claim that the Kotla Kalan panchayat had accused Jeevan’s son of harassing girl students and the government school staff. “We also have complaints from the parents of the girls,” said sarpanch Sukhchain Singh. Asked as why the AAP leader had been booked when his son was accused, station house officer (SHO) concerned Buta Singh said it was “for shielding the boy”. The school principal, however, has since taken a U-turn and denied all the allegations of the panchayat.
“The boy is ill-behaved but he has never been indecent with the girls of his class or women of the school staff. He is innocent of the charges being reported. The panchayat might have complaints from the parents of some girls but I have never noticed this behaviour in the boy,” said principal Jeet Singh, adding that he was unaware of the girls Jeevan’s son is alleged to have harassed. He declined to answer why the issue was taken to the panchayat instead of to the education department.
Meanwhile, confronted about the allegations against the cop, the Mansa senior superintendent of police (SSP) Mukhwinder Singh said he was unaware of these and needed time to check. AAP leader Jeevan Singh, meanwhile, said the ruling alliance had made him a victim of political vendetta. “I can only say that my son has also been framed. Disgruntled AAP leader Gurlabh Singh, who was suspended recently from the party’s legal cell, is behind the episode. SHO (station house officer) concerned Buta Singh is taking revenge for my getting him suspended over illegal detention of one of my friends at Boha (in Mansa district). The high court had then sent a warrant officer to the Boha police station to rescue my friend.”
Senior AAP leader Baljinder Kaur said she was unaware of the issue and not even sure whether Jeevan Singh was still state president of the party’s ex-servicemen’s wing. “I am not sure whether Jeevan Singh is still the president of ex-servicemen wing. The opposition is maligning the image of our party workers, and if Gurlabh Singh is involved, it is highly condemnable,” she said.