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Posted at: Sep 14, 2018, 1:37 AM; last updated: Sep 14, 2018, 1:37 AM (IST)QURAN SACRILEGE

Probe prime accused’s RSS links, pleads AAP’s Yadav

Asks court to trace source of Rs 90-lakh bank transfer
Probe prime accused’s RSS links, pleads AAP’s Yadav
Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema (left) with AAP’s Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav (right) in Sangrur on Thursday.Tribune photo

Parvesh Sharma

Tribune News Service

Sangrur, September 13

In a development in the Malerkotla Quran desecration case, AAP’s Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav on Thursday moved an application in a local court and sought an inquiry into the transfer of Rs 90 lakh in the bank account of main accused Vijay Kumar and his links with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS).

Yadav also sought permission to make the Justice Ranjit Singh Commission report part of the court proceedings in his case. The court issued a notice to the state for September 20.

Citing the commission report, Yadav’s counsel Narpal Singh Dhaliwal said the report mentioned that accused Vijay had received a total of Rs 90 lakh in his bank account from unknown sources between April 2, 2016 and June 21, 2016, but the police failed to trace the source of money.

“We have sought an inquiry into the money transfer and also requested the court to allow us to make the report a part of case proceedings. The report also mentions that Vijay has remained an RSS ‘pracharak’ in Delhi from 1999 to 2001. Yadav has been implicated falsely by the previous SAD-BJP government at the behest of the RSS,” alleged Dhaliwal, while coming out of the court with Yadav and Leader of Opposition Harpal Singh Cheema.

Last month, Additional Chief Secretary (Home) NS Kalsi granted sanction to prosecute Vijay Kumar from Jind (Haryana), Nand Kishore and Gaurav Kumar from Tarn Taran (Punjab) and Yadav under Sections 124-A (sedition), 153-A (promoting enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion), 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage religious feelings) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) IPC.

“The Punjab Home Department had granted sanction to prosecute the MLA under 196 CrPC, which is for the common man. To prosecute a legislator, cops need sanction under Section 197 CrPC, which is still awaited,” said Dhaliwal.

2016 Case

  • On the intervening night of June 24 and 25, 2016, Malerkotla residents found torn pages of Quran in a street
  • The police registered a case against Vijay Kumar, Gaurav Kumar and Nand Kishore.
  • On June 27, Vijay Kumar was arrested from Patiala. He later alleged that he committed the crime at the instance of AAP’s Delhi MLA Naresh Yadav.
  • The police then registered a case against Yadav as well.

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