New Delhi: The Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested accused Ramesh Bhardwaj in connection with the suicide of a female Aam Aadmi Party worker.
Bhardwaj was arrested by the Crime Branch, which took over the case from local police after AAP worker Soni (28) 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.
The case was registered under Sections 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of the Indian Penal Code, police said.
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).
AAP's Delhi Convenor Dilip Pandey had claimed that Bhardwaj was not a member of AAP as claimed by the BJP.