Sunday turned out to be a hectic day for AAP with Delhi Deputy Chief Minister backing Okhla AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan and said that the party will reject his resignation that the MLA had submitted after his sister-in-law accused him of sexual harassment.
If the Sisodia’s Press conference brought some relief to Khan’s supporters in Okhla, the recording of the statement of Amanatullah’s sister-in-law in Saket court on Sunday certainly made them pensive. Words started spreading in the locality that the MLA would be arrested anytime. Anticipating his arrest for the second time, the MLA took to the social media and said he would be arrested soon.
Saeed Ahmad, Okhla AAP media cell in-charge, said after anticipating arrest several AAP supporters were at Khan’s office. “We fear that the MLA will be arrested again,” he said. A few months ago, Khan was arrested over allegedly threatening a local woman, a charge he vehemently denied. Later on Khan was released.
Moreover, a senior Jamia alumnus Nasir Sultan Qazi, a resident of Batla House, too posted on his timeline a few lines to drum up support for the MLA.
According to a PTI report, the victim stood by the charges she has levelled against Khan in the statement recorded under Section 164 of the CrPC in Saket court, a senior police officer said.
Yesterday, the complainant had approached the Jamia Nagar police station alleging that Khan had put pressure on her to involve in sexual relationship with him, added the officer. Also, she had accused her husband of demanding dowry and building pressure on her to get intimate with Khan, added the officer.
A case under IPC sections 354(A) (sexual harassment), 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was registered against Khan and the woman’s husband.
Khan continues to deny all the charges.
“I and my wife have nothing to do with my brother-in-law’s wife for four years. She has framed me in wrong case. On Board’s land, a hotel has come up and that I raised this issue and registered complaint with ACB. I had also exposed financial irregularities of Rs 280 crore in the Board. I wanted to construct schools, hospitals on Board’s land. What is my fault? Why am I being framed? Because, I was the chairman of Waqf Board and exposing corruption in it one by one,” Khan had told reporters on Friday after tendering his resignation from all posts that has been rejected by AAP on Saturday.