Amanatullah Khan tries to surrender, police let him go
Aam Aadmi party (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan, who is facing allegation of sexual harassment, on Sunday, reached the Jamia Nagar Police station to surrender himself but police refused to arrest him. “We will not arrest him now. Whatever he is doing is of his own accord. We will go by our investigation,” a senior police officer said.
The Okhla MLA had on Saturday said police were ‘under pressure’ to arrest him and on next day he said they didn’t arrest him due to ‘public pressure’. However, senior police officials rubbished the charges. Khan had reached the Jamia Nagar Police Station with his supporters around 1:30 pm and asked the policemen to arrest him. “It is the victory of common people. The police didn’t arrest me because of public pressure,” he said.
A case of sexual harassment was registered against Khan last week in south-east Delhi’s Jamia Nagar Police station on a complaint filed by his sister-in-law. 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 (punishment of criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was registered against Amanatullah and the woman’s husband.
Following this, the MLA had written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and resigned from all posts. In his letter to Kejriwal, Amanatullah wrote, “I have been working wholeheartedly to serve people of Delhi. But some people are not liking my honesty and dedication. Therefore I would like to get relieved of all responsibilities party has given me, I resign from all posts.”
The Delhi Waqf Board Chairman was embroiled in an alleged recruitment scam in the Waqf Board where the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) has launched a ‘preliminary inquiry’ against him. Khan termed the move as an ‘interference’ in working of the body by Lieutinant Governor Najeeb Jung.
Khan had accused Congress leader Haroon Yusuf of ‘corruption and criminal misconduct’ seeking an Anti- Corruption Branch enquiry against him. Yusuf served as the Waqf Board chairman from March 1999 to March 2004 before he was made power minister in the Sheila Dikshit government in 2005. Khan had alleged Waqf Board driver Mohammad Rafiq continued to serve Yusuf even after he became a minister and the Board bore all his expenses, including salary.