AAP MLA Balyan arrested for ‘Gundagardi’
Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Uttam Nagar, Naresh Balyan, was today arrested on charges of assault and Gundagardi, its 13th MLA to be arrested for various causes including sex scandals, violence and corruption. Balyan, MLA from Uttam Nagar, was, however, granted bail late tonight.
Balyan was arrested on a day that also saw Deputy Chief Minister Manish and Okhla MLA Amanatullah Khan being questioned by Anti-Corruption Branch in separate cases and news about a non-bailable warrant being issued against Matiala legislator Gulab Singh surfaced.
“AAP MLA Balyan was arrested today in connection with a case of assault registered at Uttam Nagar police station last week,” said Dependra Pathak, joint commissioner of police (Southwest).
Balyan was called for questioning to the police station around 8.30 PM and was later arrested, said a senior police officer. Mahavir Fauji, an associate of Balyan, was also arrested, he added.
“In such matters, it is essential to arrest the accused since we have to know the facts. It’s a bailable offence in which he was arrested and he was given bail by late night,” said the officer.
Former AAP volunteer and president of Mohan Garden RWA Henry George had accused Balyan and his associate of trespassing his office and attacking him and issuing threat to his life in the afternoon in his complaint lodged with the police.
“When George protested, Balyan’s supporters beat him up. Their altercation was over Dussehra celebrations and civic work in their locality. George’s medical report confirmed that he had been assaulted. He filed a complaint and a case was registered,” said a senior police officer.
A cross FIR was registered against George on a complaint by Balyan’s associate.