BJP leader Vijay Jolly to appear before police

BJP leader Vijay Jolly will appear before the the Delhi Police to record his statement after he defaced the name plate and poured black paint in front of the residence of Tehelka`s former managing editor Shoma Chaudhury.

IANS| Last Updated: Nov 29, 2013, 09:48 AM IST

New Delhi: BJP leader Vijay Jolly will on Friday appear at a police station to record his statement after he defaced the name plate and poured black paint in front of the residence of Tehelka`s former managing editor Shoma Chaudhury.

Hours after booking Jolly under various section of the Indian Penal Code, police on Thursday sent him a letter to appear at Saket police station in south Delhi on Friday around 10 am to record his statement under section 160 of CrPC.

A case under the IPC and the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act was registered at the police station on Thursday evening.

Officials said policemen have been deployed outside Chaudhury`s house and one has been deputed for her security.

An internal inquiry has also been marked against an inspector who was found standing outside Chaudhury`s house when the protest took place.

Earlier on Thursday, around 50 Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members led by Jolly reached Chaudhury`s house in Saket and raised slogans against her.

Jolly painted the name plate black and also wrote a word with black paint. He also poured black paint outside Chaudhary`s house. Police deployed outside the house managed to disperse them.

Jolly said Chaudhury was suppressing facts and evidence against the magazine`s editor-in-chief Tarun Tejpal, accused of sexually assaulting a woman colleague.

"Shoma Chaudhury should be arrested for irresponsible statements. She was aware of the ill-doings of Tejpal. Despite that, she suppressed the matter to insulate the image of the organisation and her boss," Jolly said.

The protest began soon after news of Chaudhury`s resignation came out on Thursday afternoon.

The BJP, however, distanced itself from the incident.

Senior party leader Nitin Gadkari said he heard that some workers protested outside Chaudhury`s house but the party had nothing to do with it and it was not organised by the BJP.

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj said: "I will never agree with this method of protest. Both I and Arun Jaitley had told Jolly not to stage such a protest."

"Party president (Rajnath Singh) will take action against him (Jolly), but I totally condemn it," she said.

Chaudhury`s resignation came 10 days after a woman journalist with the news magazine wrote to her and accused Tejpal of sexual assault during a conference organised by the magazine in Goa earlier this month.

Jolly in a press statement said the protest was spontaneous and was not organised by the BJP. He said it was a decision taken on the spur of the moment.