Manoj Kumar was arrested under Sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code.

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AAP MLA Manoj Kumar

By: Express News Service | New Delhi |Updated: July 10, 2015 12:45 am

AAP MLA Manoj Kumar, who was arrested in connection with a case of alleged cheating and land grabbing, was today remanded to two-day police custody by a Delhi court.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saurabh Pratap Singh Laler sent Kumar, MLA from Kondli in east Delhi, to police custody till July 11 after investigating agency said some recoveries were to be made from him.

The police sought seven days custody of Kumar saying he has to be interrogated and several recoveries, including documents, money and stamps, have to be made from him.

A case under Sections 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) and 471 (using as genuine a forged document) of the Indian Penal Code was registered against the Kondli MLA at New Ashok Nagar police station of East Delhi in May.

“This is an old matter related to land fraud. Questioning of Kumar is on as of now,” Delhi Police Commissioner B S Bassi said this afternoon.

The case of cheating was registered against Kumar following allegations that he duped his business partner of Rs 6 lakh. The complaint, Vinod Kumar, had alleged that Manoj used to work as a property dealer before venturing into politics.

Vinod claimed that he was Manoj’s business partner and had given Rs six lakh to him to purchase a plot in November 2012 but he did not repay the amount.

“The complainant has alleged that Manoj Kumar produced fake proprietorship documents of a plot in Kondli area of East Delhi and accepted around Rs 6 lakh from one Vijay Kumar. He made the deal on the plot by showing it as his own, which now is being said to be owned by one ML Verma,” police sources added.

“The buyer was supposed to take possession of the land upon full payment of Rs 21 lakh. However, Manoj allegedly kept on postponing the finalization of the deal citing that his busy schedule due to assembly elections and then the recently concluded general elections,” police sources said.

Congress was quick to react saying the case emphasizes the importance of Lokayukta in Delhi. “We have been emphasizing the importance of Lokayukta in Delhi. These cases would have come out earlier. It’s embarrassing for the party, said Congress leader Ajay Maken.

The Delhi BJP has demanded immediate action against two more MLAs, Akhileshpati Tripathi and Sanjeev Jha for allegedly leading an “attack” on the Burari police station. Delhi BJP President Satish Upadhyay said, “The arrest of MLA Manoj Kumar is a right step taken after an undue delay. Since it came to power, AAP MLAs have created an atmosphere of anarchy and the delay in arresting the first MLAs involved in such acts has given others confidence to do whatever wish.”

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Kumar has 8 cases at 3 police stations

NEW DELHI: Manoj Kumar, the AAP MLA from Kondli, has eight other cases lodged against him, including those of molestation, assault on a woman, causing hurt and wrongful restraint. Two cases are lodged at Kalyanpuri police station, another two at Gazipur and five at New Ashok Nagar police station.

On February last year, a group of women had gone to meet Kumar to complain about waterlogging in the area, but he allegedly misbehaved with one of them. The woman alleged that Kumar didn’t listen to their problem and even pushed one of them on her chest asking to get away from the spot. He had even asked party workers to remove all women complainants. An FIR under IPC sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (causing hurt) and 341 (wrongful restraint) was then lodged at New Ashok Nagar police station.

The last case filed against Kumar was on April 13, at Gazipur police station for getting into argument with one Kapil Nagar, a resident of Mayur Vihar-III. Nagar alleged that he was not only abused but also thrashed by Kumar for chanting ‘Jai Shri Ram’.

Kumar also has three property defacement cases against him, one in Gazipur and two at New Ashok Nagar police station. During the 2013 assembly polls, Kumar had allegedly created hindrance in the election process. A case was lodged against him at Kalyanpuri police station for sloganeering outside the polling station and disturbing voters. Police had a tough time in removing Kumar from the voting venue and he allegedly obstructed the movement of EVM machines.

The first FIR against Kumar was for a scuffle. An FIR under Section 323 (causing hurt) was registered at Kalyanpuri police station in 1997. A defamation case was also filed against him by expelled AAP MLA Vinod Kumar Binny at New Ashok Nagar police station in October last year.