Doctor Suicide Case: AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal Arrested
NEW DELHI : Delhi’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA named by a doctor who committed suicide last month has been arrested.
Mr Prakash Jarwal had been missing since his name was found in the suicide note. He allegedly skipped two police summons to appear for questioning.On Thursday, Delhi Police had questioned Mr Jarwal’s father and brothers.
The MLA Prakash Jarwal had applied for protection from arrest after a police case was filed by the doctor’s son. The MLA’s aide Kapil Nagar is also in police custody.
A 52-year-old doctor was found hanging at his home in south Delhi on April 18. In a note, he reportedly accused the AAP MLA of harassing him. Mr Jarwal was charged by the police with extortion and causing the doctor to commit suicide.
The doctor’s son told the police that his father ran a clinic and had also been in the business of water supply with the Delhi Jal Board since 2007. Mr Jarwal had said he is innocent and ready to face any investigation. He had claimed that he had not spoken to the doctor in the last 10 months.
“I have received this information through media that a doctor, who used to have a business in water tankers, has committed suicide and has mentioned my name in his suicide note. I would like to state that I am innocent. I haven’t met or spoken to him in the last 8-10 months,” he told earlier.
“I would only like to say that there have been attempts to trap me in the past as well. Similar attempts are being made now too. Just like I have proved myself innocent in the past, I will do it again. I am ready to cooperate with the police in any kind of investigation,” the MLA told the police.
Mr Jarwal said in 2017, the doctor was named in a sting done by news channels on the “tanker mafia”, after which his vehicles were blacklisted. Earlier in the day, Jarwal visited the Special Cell office. “We have come here to cooperate in the investigation.
A notice was given to my client,” his legal team said. On Friday, a Delhi court issued non-bailable arrest warrants against Jarwal and Kapil Nagar.
Though Jarwal’s family was questioned on the matter, he along with Nagar allegedly didn’t join the police probe, following which police approached the court with NBWs plea.
The lawmaker has moved an anticipatory bail application in Rouse Avenue court, which will hear the matter on May 11.
The bereaved family had claimed that the accused had got Dr Rajinder’s tankers removed from water supply service and also prevented clearance of dues of a large sum of money from the Jal Board.