Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia and 52 other Aam Aadmi Party MLAs were detained by the Delhi Police on Sunday and later released. They were headed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official residence at 7, Race Course Road, to “surrender” after Sisodia was accused of intimidating businessmen during an official visit to the city’s Ghazipur vegetable market, The Indian Express reported.
Chief of the Ghazipur Vegetable Market Association Surender Goswami lodged a complaint against Sisodia, after which the AAP leader said he will march to the prime minister’s residence and surrender. Alleging that those who filed a complaint against him were partaking in illegal activities in the market, Sisodia said on Twitter that Modi may use the complaint to wrongfully frame him in extortion or molestation cases.
Police said they will not register an FIR because the deputy chief minister had not committed any cognisable offence. However, they imposed Section 144, which prohibits more than four people from gathering in an area, at 7, Race Course Road, ANI reported.
The incident comes a day after Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said Modi had declared an Emergency in Delhi, following the arrest of AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya on molestation charges. A group of women had accused Mohaniya, who is the vice chairman of the Delhi Jal Board, of misbehaving with them on Wednesday when they went to see him about water problems in their constituency, Sangam Vihar.