Aam Aadmi Party MLA Prakash Jarwal has been booked for allegedly molesting a woman who had gone to lodge a complaint regarding water crisis at the Delhi Jal Board office in southeast Delhi’s Greater Kailash area, police said on Friday.
The latest police action against the AAP legislator came close in heels of the arrest of Sangam Vihar MLA Dinesh Mohaniya, slapped with similar charges on the basis of a complaint by two women who too suffered from severe water crisis in their colony.
The FIR in connection with Jarwal’s matter was registered on Wednesday on the basis of the complaint by the married woman who lives in Sangam Vihar area, a police official said.
The case has been registered under IPC Sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 505 (statements conducing to public mischief) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), he said.
In her complaint, the woman told police that she had gone to the Delhi Jal Board office in Greater Kailash on July 2 to meet a particular officer and complain about severe water crisis in Sangam Vihar L block, when she was confronted by Jarwal’s men, who were present there. They allegedly abused her verbally and threatened her too.
She alleged the MLA arrived there in a while and touched her inappropriately. She also alleged that Jarwal pushed her, following which she fell down, and abused her too before he left the spot.
On June 25, Mohaniya, who is also vice chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was arrested on charges of molestation and sexual harassment amid high drama when he was addressing a press conference, triggering an angry reaction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of declaring an “emergency” in Delhi.