AAP terms rape charges on its MLA Amanatullah Khan as ‘family dispute’: Shame
NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party rejected the resignation of its MLA and Waqf Board chief Amanatullah Khan. The AAP MLA from Okhla had resigned from all posts on Saturday, after a case of sexual harassment registered against him on a complaint by his sister-in-law.
Amanatullah Khan’s sister-in-law approached Jamia Nagar police station alleging that Khan had put pressure on her to get into a physical relationship with him, a senior police officer said.
However besieged AAP, many of whose members are facing corruption and rape charges, is quick to give a virtual clean chit to Khan. AAP’s number two leader and Deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said: “We have checked the facts of a complaint against Khan, made by his brother in-law’s ex-wife. His brother in-law and his wife separated about four years back and Khan has had no contact with her. This seems to be a family dispute into which Khan’s name is being dragged. We will also stand by our people if we think they are being harassed. I have spoken to the CM and other senior party members about this and have decided to not accept his resignation,” Sisodia said.
A case under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506 (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, said the officer.
Prior to that, AAP had also defended Somnath Bharti, Sandeep Kumar and many oter leaders embroiled in sexual misconduct cases.