Trouble is mounting for AAP with each passing day. The Delhi Police claimed on Monday that the arrested AAP MLA, Gulab Singh, and his gang were using RTI replies from municipal corporations to extort money from builders in west and south-west Delhi. From Surat, Singh was brought to Delhi and taken to Bindapur police station for interrogation. He will be produced in court on Tuesday noon. The police will produce emails to prove that Singh was actively involved in the extortion ring.
Explaining the “modus operandi”, senior officers claimed that Satish and his men would first identify an illegal construction and then file an RTI with the MCD to confirm this. The gang would then gather other evidence and approach the builder with a demand. The MLA’s former personal assistant and associate, Deepak, who has also been arrested, used to handle the RTI responsibility, the police alleged, says a TOIO report. The details of each builder were fed into an excel sheet. If a builder agreed to pay the extortion money, his name would feature on a list that would be sent to Singh’s email id. Devender would be assigned to collect the money. If the builder refused at the last moment, Singh’s cousin, Devender — who has also been arrested –would either call an associate, a gangster, to intimidate the builder or himself pose as “Chacha”, a nickname for the gangster.
In another instance, suspended AAP legislator Devinder Sehrawat has joined hands with disgruntled former AAP supporters and has alleged that the party has failed to declare large sums of money it has received in donations to the income tax department. According to a TOI report, Neil Terrance Haslam, who calls himself a former AAP volunteer and has alleged several times in the past couple of years that AAP’s funding is mired in controversy, on Monday claimed that more than Rs 16 crore the party received as donations had not been declared. “I have also spoken to home minister Rajnath Singh and told him that if no action is taken on my complaints, I will be forced to look into BJP’s funding as well,” Haslam told TOI.