AAP legislator Manoj Kumar arrested

New Delhi (IANS): In an embarrassment to the Delhi government, AAP legislator Manoj Kumar was on Thursday arrested on charges of cheating and forgery, police said.

Manoj Kumar, elected from Kondli, was taken into custody in a case of alleged land grab.

He has seven cases against him, including one of assault, a police officer told IANS.

Manoj Kumar is among the 21 Aam Aadmi Party legislators against whom Delhi Police have reportedly decided to file chargesheets in connection with criminal cases registered against them in the national capital.

These 21 include Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, who faces three cases, as well as Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and Speaker Ram Niwas Goel.


MEANWHILE, in a relief to AAP legislator Jarnail Singh, the Delhi High Court on Thursday extended his protection from arrest till September 7. Singh had allegedly assaulted a civic body engineer.

After Delhi Police opposed the anticipatory bail plea of Singh, Justice Indermeet Kaur asked police not to give “unnecessary hype” to the issue and treat it as normal matter.

The police told the court that Singh was not cooperating in the probe.

The court was hearing an anticipatory bail plea of Singh, the Tilak Nagar legislator who is also accused of tearing up official documents and threatening to frame South Delhi Municipal Corporation junior engineer Athar Mustafa in a false case of corruption.

The court on May 6 granted Singh protection from arrest and thereafter extended the protection till May 18. On May 18 the protection was extended till July 9.

The scuffle took place when Mustafa, with his team and policemen, went to bring down an illegal structure in Krishna Park Extension area.

The trial court had rejected Singh’s anticipatory bail plea, after which he moved the high court.