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Haldwani police summon Sahu for questioning

More than a month after Gangwar filed the complaint, the Haldwani police have now summoned the accused for questioning. The police denied there was any political pressure in the case.

dehradun Updated: Nov 03, 2017 19:57 IST
Abhinav Madhwal
Abhinav Madhwal
Hindustan Times
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Girdharilal Sahu (right) with wife Rekha Arya (left) meet chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT FILE)

The Haldwani police, accused of going slow in the case against Girdhari Lal Sahu, the husband of state women empowerment minister Rekha Arya, have summoned Sahu to join the probe within next three days.

Naresh Gangwar, a native of Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh who lives in Haldwani, has filed a police complaint against Sahu alleging that he (Sahu) got his kidney removed and transplanted fraudulently on his first wife, Vaijanti Mala.

More than a month after Gangwar filed the complaint, the Haldwani police have now summoned the accused for questioning. The police denied there was any political pressure in the case.

Nanital senior superintendent of police (SSP) Janmejay Khanduri has set up an inquiry into the case that is being conducted by Haldwai Kotwali inspector KR Pandey.

Pandey said he has recorded the statement of Gangwar, who has alleged that Sahu had taken him to Sri Lanka in June 2015 on the pretext of donating blood to his ailing wife, Vaijanti Mala. After the alleged blood transfusion, Gangwar woke up in pain to find that he had been operated upon and his kidney had been removed. When he confronted Sahu on the matter, Sahu allegedly promised to give him money and house, but did not fulfil his promise.

The matter involving the husband of a minister has assumed political overtones. Karan Mahra, the deputy leader of opposition in the state assembly, said that the issue would be raised in the coming session of the House. “The Congress is not going soft on Sahu, who receives patronage from some leaders within the BJP and the matter would be raised with seriousness in the oncoming session of the state assembly that would be held in Gairsain from December 7,” he said.

BJP state general secretary Gajraj Singh Bisht said that the party was not exerting any pressure for saving Sahu. “The law will take its own course and the guilty will not be spared,” he said.

First Published: Nov 03, 2017 19:57 IST