Quran desecration case: AAP MLA Naresh Yadav booked, police to seek arrest warrant

DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from South Delhi, Naresh Yadav was on Saturday booked in connecting with the recent case of alleged Quran ‘desecration’ in Punjab.

According to Indian Express, the MLA was named in an FIR ahead Kejriwal’s three-day visit to Punjab starting Sunday.

Yadav was booked by Sangrur police after the alleged mastermind in the case, Vijay Kumar, told the police that the MLA had offered him Rs 1 crore and he ‘desecrated’ the Quran at the behest of Yadav.

Yadav has been booked under sections 109 (Punishment of abetment if the act abetted is committed in consequence and where no express provision is made for its punishment) and 153-A (Promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion, race, place of birth, residence, language, etc., and doing acts prejudicial to maintenance of harmony) of IPC.

“Vijay Kumar has claimed that in Malerkotla, he was offered Rs 1 crore for tearing pages of Quran and throwing them near a drain on Khanna Road. Their plan was also to desecrate a Hindu holy book next,” Sangrur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Pritpal Singh Thind told the daily.

Police have so far arrested three people – Vijay Kumar, Nand Kishore Goldy, zonal secretary of the VHP in Pathankot and Gaurav who allegedly ‘helped’ Vijay in the conspiracy.

“Vijay Kumar told us that Yadav told him that AAP wants to win Punjab 2017 polls by hook or by crook. Thus, their plan was to instigate people on communal lines so that they vent their anger against SAD-BJP and Congress and vote for AAP in next polls.” reported the daily quoting SSP Thind.

The police also said that they will be seeking an arrest warrant for Yadav from the court.