India: Another Delhi lawmaker faces sexual harassment allegations
The Delhi Police has registered cases of sexual harrassment and dowry harrassment against Khan following a complaint by his sister-in-law.? Photograph: (Twitter)
The Aam Admi Party (AAP)-ruled state government in Indian national capital, Delhi, has been yet again caught in a tight spot as another lawmaker, Amanatullah Khan, faces sexual harassment and graft allegations.
The member of legislative assembly has been accused of sexual harassment by his sister-in-law, Indian news agency PTI reported. He is also alleged to have been involved in Delhi Waqf Board, a statuatory body.
Two days after the Anti Corruption Branch raided the Delhi Waqf Board in connection with an alleged recruitment scam involving the lawmaker, Khan resigned as its chairman on Saturday. He has also resigned from all goverment posts saying he is being framed "in false cases."
Crying foul, Khan alleged he was being framed because he was an AAP MLA and has been exposing corruption in the Waqf Board. Khan has also offered to resign as MLA and member of the Political Affairs Committee (PAC) and says 'he is just a party worker now.'
Meanwhile, the grand old party, Congress, that faced a debacle in the state elections last year, has demanded that the lawmaker should also resign from the Delhi assembly.
"I wanted to construct schools, hospitals on Board's land. What is my fault? Why am I being framed? Because, I was the Chairman of Waqf Board and exposing corruption in it by the previous governments," Khan told the press.
Khan refutes sexual harassment claims
The AAP-ruled Delhi government is facing a tough time as another lawmaker Sandeep Kumar's involvement in an alleged sex scandal had stirred controvery. The party sacked Kumar after an objectionable video showing him in a compromising position with a woman surfaced. Kumar was sent to 14-day judicial custody on Friday over charges of rape.
Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has registered cases of sexual harrassment and dowry harrassment against Khan following a complaint by his sister-in-law.
A case under Indian Penal Code's sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) has been registered against Khan and the woman's husband, a senior police officer said.
Khan, however, has refuted sexual harassement claims. "I and my wife have nothing to do with my brother-in-law's wife for four years. She has framed me in wrong case. On board's land, a hotel has come up and that I raised this issue and registered complaint with ACB. I had also exposed financial irregularities of Rs 280 crore in the Board."
"Some people dislike my honesty and service and false allegations are being levelled against me and my family to frame us. I want to be free from all the responsibilities given to me by the government and therefore I tender my resignation from all the posts," Khan said.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly yesterday, Khan defended himself saying he had made the "contractual" recruitments following due procedures. Waqf Board was reeling under shortage of staff which necessitated the appointments, he said.
Khan said that at present, police are running after AAP MLAs. "Police instantly register a case against AAP MLAs without investigating complainant's allegations. But, the force doesn't take action against BJP ministers at the Centre," he said.
(WION with inputs from PTI)