AAP MLA held for Quran desecration, sent to jail

aap mlaPATIALA: A court on Monday has sent AAP MLA Naresh Yadav to two-day police custody in connection with the Quran desecration case.  Malerkotla Additional Civil Judge Preeti Sukheja sent Yadav to the police custody after he was produced before her by the Sangrur Police, which has charged him with the Quran desecration incident in Malerkotla which occurred on June 24.

Punjab police had on Sunday night arrested Yadav who was booked in connection with the alleged sacrilege incident. One of the arrested accused Vijay Kumar was allegedly in cahoots with the MLA. Vijay claimed that he had acted at the behest of the AAP MLA. Earlier, he recorded his confession before the court saying that he acted under a plan. The confession was made under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code which could not be retracted.

Naresh had been charged with IPC sections 109 (punishment for abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment), 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth etc and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) and 295 (injury or defiling place of worship with an intent to insult the religion of any class).

Yadav had described the police action against him as a “conspiracy.”Police had claimed that Vijay had met the MLA before the incident and calls were also exchanged between them. The Mehrauli MLA and his party have denied the charges and alleged it was a “political conspiracy” to malign AAP’s image ahead of Assembly polls in Punjab.

Meanwhile, AAP’s Punjab in- charge Sanjay Singh condemned the arrest of MLA. “Whatever is being done with the AAP MLA is under a conspiracy to malign the party and it is not correct,” he said outside the court.

Himmat Singh Shergill appeared before the court as the advocate of Naresh Yadav. Talking on phone, he said the police acted with malicious intent. There was no evidence to corroborate the confession. Sanjay Singh announced that the party would stage protest across Punjab for three hours in front of the offices of the deputy commissioners to protest the arrest of its MLA.