Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Sharad Chauhan and seven other people, including an investigating officer have been arrested for abetment of suicide of a female AAP volunteer, Soni Mishra.
Chauhan and main accused Ramesh Bhardwaj were questioned by the crime branch of Delhi Police for several hours in the past four days in connection with the case.
Besides Chauhan and Bhardwaj, five others including the MLA’s associates Amit and Rajnikant have been arrested last night, said a senior police officer.
Bhardwaj was arrested by a police team from Sonipat on July 26. He was questioned for several hours in connection with the suicide of the woman, along with the local MLA of Narela.
Soni, a 28-year-old woman, a mother of 14-year-old committed suicide by consuming poison at her residence in Narela and died while undergoing treatment at LNJP Hospital on July 19.
The woman had filed a complaint against Bhardwaj for allegedly touching her inappropriately and a case of molestation was registered in June. The accused was arrested on July 3 but, he was released on bail the next day.
On July 20, Delhi Police had registered a case of abetment to suicide and handed over the entire matter to a Special Investigation Team.
The family members of the woman had claimed that she had gone into depression after her alleged molester Bhardwaj, an AAP colleague, was released on bail.
She had also alleged that the accused was being protected by the local AAP MLA.
The woman in a video recording had also levelled serious allegations against Bhardwaj, accusing him of pressuring her to “compromise” if she wanted to rise in the party and claimed himself to be “close to the local party.
(With PTI Inputs)