Friday, 8 July 2016

Booked AAP MLA cries foul, says will go to jail if 'harassment' charges proved

NEW DELHI: After being booked on charges of misbehaving with a woman, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Prakash Jarwal claimed that that a ‘political game’ is being played against him in order the defame the party and asserted that he will readily go to prison if the charges against him are
proven. Breaking his silence after being booked, Jarwal told ANI that the woman who had filed an FIR against him is a member of the Rashtravadi Janata Party. “She mentioned it in her complaint addressed to Lieutenant Governor. It is their political game to defame every MLA. She is like my mother; notice the age difference, if there is any video proof of me misbehaving with her I will quit politics,” Jarwal said. An FIR was lodged, earlier today, against Jarwal at the Greater Kailash Police Station under sections 354, 506, 509 and 34 of IPC for misbehaving with a woman. He added that he will cooperate with police in their investigation and if proven, he will be ready to go to jail. “I will completely cooperate with the police with their investigation. I am ready to go to jail,” he said. This is not the first time that Jarwal has landed in trouble, as in May 2014, he was arrested for allegedly thrashing a junior engineer of Delhi Jal Board. Meanwhile, reacting to the recent development, the Bharatiya Janata Party came down heavily on the state government asserting that the women in the state were not even safe from the leaders they elected themselves. BJP leader Vijender Gupta told ANI that that AAP leaders were getting bolder by day as they had the protection of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who was defending every untoward act done by the leaders of his party. This comes in the heels of AAP leader Ashish Khetan being booked for hurting religious sentiments in Punjab and the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's principal secretary Rajendra Kumar on corruption charges. Earlier AAP MLA Naresh Yadav was named in an FIR related to a recent case of alleged 'desecration' of the Quran. The AAP has been claiming that the string of attacks against them is the work of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) who was troubling them as they fear losing the upcoming Punjab Assembly polls.

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