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17:17 EST, 9 July 2015
17:20 EST, 9 July 2015
Aam Aadmi Party’s Kondli MLA Manoj Kumar is the second AAP MLA after former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar to be arrested by Delhi Police
Delhi Police on Thursday arrested Aam Aadmi Party’s Kondli MLA, Manoj Kumar, for allegedly striking a land sale on the basis of fake documents and taking a cash amount of Rs 600,000 from the complainant.
According to the police, the property in question actually belonged to one M.L. Singh.
Kumar is the second AAP MLA after former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar to be arrested by Delhi Police.
The arrest, however, prompted a sharp reaction from the AAP which accused the Bharatiya Janata Party of using state powers against its adversaries.
Meanwhile, a city court is holding Kumar in police custody until September 11.
The AAP directly blames Prime Minister Narendra Modi for indulging in “vendetta politics” and “using state machinery to silence the Opposition”.
Senior AAP leader Sanjay Singh said: “Narendra Modi’s Gujarat model of vendetta politics is in full swing in Delhi. With mandate slipping away, Modiji is resorting to what he is best at, using state machinery to silence the Opposition. Delhi Police are now working in the lines of Gujarat Police.
“The allegation against Manoj Kumar is that he used some forged documents in a land sale and it is a case dating back to over a year. This is height of shamelessness of Delhi Police,” said party’s Delhi in-charge Saurabh Bharadwaj.
The party also accused Delhi Police of not acting against the BJP leaders despite being their named in criminal cases.
Meanwhile, a Delhi Police official said that the 35-year-old MLA was a property dealer in the Kondli area and he struck the deal after showing forged documents to the complainant Vijay Kumar, who is local builder in the same area.
The police officer said: “The complainant in his complaint has alleged that MLA Kumar used to work as a property dealer before venturing into politics.
“MLA Kumar along with associate Lakhpat approached him last November and showed him a plot of around 46 square yard in Rajveer Colony. They told the complainant that they want to sell their plot and decided to sell at Rs 21.50 lakh,” the officer added.
“The complainant in his statement said that in December last he had purchased a plot in Kondli and had paid around Rs 6 lakh as an advance token amount in return for which he received original proprietorship documents.
“He was supposed to take possession of the land upon full payment of Rs 21 lakh. However, Manoj Kumar allegedly kept on delaying finalisation of the deal citing that he was busy with the elections,” the officer said.
Earlier in the day Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said: “This is an old matter related to land fraud. Questioning of AAP MLA Manoj Kumar is on as of now.”
According to the complainant, sensing something amiss, he had started questioning the locals about the real owner of the property and got to know that it actually belonged to one M.L. Verma.
He later realised that MLA Kumar had cheated him by showing forged documents. When the complainant asked MLA Kumar to return his money, the accused started threatening him with dire consequences.