Hours before Arvind Kejriwal's maiden rally, Guj AAP chief held in extortion case

Gulab Singh Yadav
Gulab Singh Yadav

Surat: Aam Aadmi Party MLA and in charge of Gujarat affairs Gulab Singh Yadav was arrested by Delhi police yesterday in connection with an extortion case against his aides after he turned himself in, hours before party national convener Arvind Kejriwal’s maiden rally here.

“Delhi police had come here with a non-bailable warrant against Gulab Singh Yadav. He learnt about it before hand and came to Urma police station where we handed him over to Delhi police,” Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma said. Delhi police will take Yadav to a court to secure a transit remand. Before leaving for Umra police station to surrender, Yadav said, “I have learnt that Delhi police have come to Surat to arrest me. So I am going to Umra police station to court arrest.” “I am in Gujarat since September 6, and was here when the FIR was filed on September 13. Police raided my office and got nothing incriminating. The Centre is directing arrest of AAP MLAs but we are not going to bow, and are ready for any consequences,” he said.

‘Amit Shah trying to disrupt rally’
Speaking in Vadodara before leaving for Surat, Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal alleged that Amit Shah was trying to “disrupt” the rally. “Yadav’s arrest is intended to put hurdles in the way of the Surat rally. But we are not afraid of it... this is not my rally, it’s the rally of people of Gujarat. I request Shah not to disrupt it,” he said.

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