Delhi's Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Sunday said the party had decided not to accept legislator Amanutullah Khan's resignation, which he had offered after being booked for sexual harassment. The Delhi Police had registered a case against Khan after his sister-in-law filed the complaint. Sisodia said Khan, who is the chief of the Delhi Waqf Board chief, was being dragged into a "family dispute".
Sisodia said, "While we will not spare anyone if they are caught indulging in any wrongdoing, we will also stand by our people if we think they are being harassed."
The complainant on Saturday approached Jamia Nagar police station and alleged that Khan had asked her to get into a physical relationship with him. A senior police officer told The Times of India that she has also accused her husband of demanding dowry and pressuring her to get "physically intimate" with Khan. Sisodia claimed Khan had not had any contact with the woman in four years since she had been separated from her husband.
Khan denied the charges, but offered to resign from all government posts on Saturday. In a letter to party chief Arvind Kejriwal, Khan expressed unhappiness at the allegations levelled against him and his family despite his "working for the people of Delhi". He was appointed head of the Delhi Waqf Board in March.
According to News18, this comes two days after the Board’s office was raided in connection with a recruitment scam. Khan on Friday reportedly said all recruitments made to the Board after he joined were done according to procedure. In July, Khan was arrested on charges of molestation levelled against him by a 35-year-old woman. He was later granted bail.