Chandigarh mayor trespass case: Police to record witnesses’ statements

Within less than a month after taking over as city mayor, Asha Jaswal is in trouble for allegedly trespassing into Snehalaya shelter home for the destitute and abandoned children here. The police have registered a case against the BJP mayor.

punjab Updated: Feb 06, 2017 12:26 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
Chandigarh mayor,Asha Jaswal,trespass
Chandigarh mayor Asha Jaswal.(HT File Photo)

Police will record the statements of the eyewitnesses in the alleged trespassing case against the UT mayor on Sunday.

City mayor Asha Jaswal was booked on Saturday for allegedly trespassing Snehalya premises and for obstructing the work of a public servant.

A case was registered on the complaint of Nishu Singal, director social welfare department, at Maloya police station. According to the police, Asha Jaswal, along with the area councillor, journalists and few local people had visited the Snehalya.

She allegedly entered the classrooms and dining hall inside the premises despite being stopped by the authorities.

Police added that Asha Jaswal had gone to meet a 10-yearold victim who was allegedly sodomised by a 12-year-old inmate of Snehalaya. It was alleged that authorities requested her not to meet the victim but she allegedly met him in front of the media persons and her accomplices.

“They allegedly took the pictures of the victim with the mayor. This is a violation of Juvenile Justice Act, 2015. We have learnt that people have now deleted the pictures of the victim from their phones after the case was registered. We will add another section of destruction of evidence against them after recovering the deleted data,” said a senior police official. Asha Jaswal is writing to higher authorities against the staff of Snehalaya.

Speaking to HT, Jaswal said, “I visited after informing them and they welcomed me. Their record was not maintained and they feared that I might expose them.”

Meanwhile, Congress party has demanded Jaswal’s resignation.

First Published: Feb 06, 2017 12:24 IST