The Punjab Police on Saturday registered a case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legislator from Rupnagar Amarjit Singh Sandoa after a woman alleged that he assaulted and molested her.
A case was registered against Amarjit Singh Sandoa, MLA from Rupnagar seat, under various sections of IPC including 354 (intent to outrage modesty of woman), 323 (Voluntarily causing hurt) and 506 (Criminal intimidation), Senior Superintendent of Police Raj Bachan Singh Sandhu said.
The victim, the landlady of a house where the legislator earlier lived, told the police in her complaint that the AAP leader assaulted and molested her when she went to Sandoa's house on Friday evening to claim the remaining rent, which he allegedly did not pay.
Sandoa had allegedly taken the house of the woman on rent in November 2016 to use it as his election office and he vacated it in April this year. He had agreed to pay Rs 30,000 per month, the woman claimed. The woman in her complaint alleged that Sandoa had not paid the rent and the electricity bill of the house and also caused damage to the structure.
In her complaint, she said Sandoa owed her Rs 2.50 lakh and alleged that the MLA was not paying the amount. The woman claimed that she even approached AAP state unit president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Aman Arora to get her dues paid but to no avail.
Sandoa, who lives near his old residence, however, refuted the allegations. He said he had to pay Rs 15,000 against the electricity and water and sewerage bills to his former landlady. He said she had come to his house on Friday evening with a man. He claimed that he gave a cheque to her, which she allegedly did not accept and left the house without saying anything.
He alleged that it was a political conspiracy against him so that he may not contest next elections from Rupnagar seat.
Sandoa, a political greenhorn who used to be a taxi driver in Delhi, had made headlines in March when he trounced Punjab's Education Minister Daljit Singh Cheema in the Rupnagar assembly segment.
Meanwhile, SAD spokesman Daljit Singh Cheema demanded immediate arrest of Sandoa.