In yet another setback to Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), a party MLA has been arrested by Delhi Police. AAP MLA Sharad Chauhan was arrested by Delhi Police in connection with AAP worker Soni suicide case. The arrest has been made by Delhi Police Crime Branch. Sharad Chauhan is an AAP MLA from Delhi's Narela.
Earlier, on Wednesday, Delhi Police had arrested Ramesh Bhardwaj in connection with Soni suicide case. AAP worker Soni allegedly committed suicide in Narela area of outer Delhi on July 19. Her family members had claimed that she had gone into depression after Bhardwaj, her alleged molester and a party colleague, was released on bail.
She had alleged that the accused was being protected by the local MLA. The woman had filed a complaint against Bhardwaj for allegedly touching her inappropriately and a case of molestation was registered in June. Soni, the mother of two daughters, had left behind a self-shot WhatsApp video in which she claimed, "I was denied justice".
According to police, the woman in her video clip accused Bhardwaj, Amit Kumar and Rajni Kanth of torturing her to withdraw a sexual harassment complaint she filed against Bhardwaj on June 2. Wadhwa was arrested on June 3 but granted bail the very next day. On July 20, the Delhi Police had registered a case of abetment to suicide and handed over the entire matter to a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to be headed by Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch).