A Delhi court has rejected the bail plea of AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya who was arrested on Saturday on charges of molestation and sexual harassment amidst high drama when he was addressing a press conference. Mohaniya’s arrest triggered an angry reaction from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal who accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of declaring an “emergency” in Delhi. 

Mohaniya, who is also vice chairman of Delhi Jal Board, was virtually dragged from his seat by a police official when he was talking to reporters at his office in Khanpur in South Delhi, at around 12.10 PM. 

“Mohaniya has been arrested under Sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (Word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 354 (Assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 354 A (Sexual harassment), 354 B (Assault or use of criminal force to woman with intent to disrobe) and 354 C (Voyeurism),” said Joint Commissioner of Police(south East) RP Upadhyay. 

Duty Magistrate Anjani Mahajan dismissed the MLA’s bail application which claimed that his arrest today was meant only to humiliate him. 

“After thoughtful consideration, I am rejecting the bail plea. The accused (Mohaniya) is sent to judicial custody till June 27,” the magistrate said. 

While producing the politician before the court, the police moved an application that the accused be sent to judicial custody as his custodial interrogation was not required. 

Reacting sharply to the arrest of the party MLA, Kejriwal said in a tweet, “Modi declares emergency in Delhi. Arresting, raiding, terrorising, filing false cases against all those whom Delhi elected (sic).”

In another tweet, the Delhi CM said, “Dinesh mohaniya arrested from his press conference in front of all TV cameras. What msg does Modi want to give to everyone?” 

The MLA was booked on June 23 for allegedly misbehaving with a group of women who had approached him with a complaint regarding water crisis in their locality.

Mohaniya is the eight AAP MLA to be arrested by Delhi Police since the party came to power for the second time in Delhi February 2015. 

Feature image source: ANI/Twitter