Raghav Chadha, Atishi and other AAP leaders detained ahead of planned protest against NDMC
Four Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, including Raghan Chadha and Atishi, were detained on Sunday while they were on their way to stage a protest outside home minister Amit Shah’s residence in New Delhi. The AAP leaders had planned to hold a protest against Shah’s residence against alleged misappropriation of funds by the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC).
Atishi was detained near the residence of Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal. She had planned to hold a demonstration outside his residence.
Apart from Chadha and Atishi, Sanjeev Jha, Rituraj Govind and Kuldeep Kumar were detained at police stations located in their respective constituencies, a senior police official said.
Earlier, the Delhi Police had rejected Chadha’s request to hold a demonstration outside Shah’s residence in view of the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) guidelines over prevailing coronavirus (Covid-19) situation. “...Any type of gathering is not allowed outside the residence of Hon’ble home minister of India. Your request has been considered but rejected. You are requested to co-operate with the Delhi Police,” it said.
“Moreover, promulgation of Section 144 CrPC is already in force in the area of New Delhi district,” the letter to Chadha from the office of the Deputy Commissioner of Police, New Delhi district, stated.
The AAP had on Saturday demanded a CBI inquiry into an alleged misappropriation of Rs 2,500 crore in the North Delhi and South Delhi municipal corporations - which are led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Addressing a press conference, party spokesperson Atishi had demanded strict action in the case by saying that the unpaid doctors, nurses, medical staff and teachers along with other Covid-19 warriors would have been paid their salaries with this Rs 2,500 crore.
The allegation has been refuted by the BJP.
(With agency inputs)