14 AAP members arrested, get bail; bias alleged

March 07, 2014 - 6:26:17 am
New Delhi: A court yesterday gave bail to 14 Aam Aadmi Party activists arrested on charges of rioting outside the Bharatiya Janata Party office here even as the AAP accused police of bias.

Meanwhile, the Election Commission in Delhi issued notice to the AAP following a complaint by the BJP on the issue.

The commission asked the AAP why permission was not sought from the authorities before holding the protest. Later, the AAP accused the BJP of “intimidating” the year-old party and asked the Central Election Commission to order an inquiry into the alleged assault of AAP workers by those from the BJP.

Citing at least four incidents on Wednesday, the AAP told the poll panel that there appeared to be a concerted attempt by the BJP “to attack and intimate the AAP”. “This would vitiate the entire political atmosphere and have a serious impact on the conduct of free and fair elections all over the country,” said a letter signed by AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta.

In Gujarat, where AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal is on a four-day visit to expose the claims of economic development by Chief Minister Narendra Modi, his AAP colleague Manish Sisodia’s car was damaged. “His (Sisodia’s) car was damaged in an attack in Himmatnagar (in Gujarat),” a party member said. AAP leaders Ashutosh and Shazia Ilmi were questioned by police and let off later, officials said. IANS