Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) MLA Amanatullah Khan, who was arrested on Thursday for protesting towards the anti-encroachment drive carried out by the South Delhi Municipal Company (SDMC) in Madanpur, was listed as a “unhealthy character” — a police parlance for individuals with a felony report — by the Delhi Police in March this yr, and a “historical past sheet” — a confidential file itemizing an individual’s felony antecedents and identified accomplices — was opened in his title on the Jamia Nagar police station, based on police information .
Over the previous week, Khan, 48, has been on the forefront of protests towards the south civic physique’s anti-encroachment and demolition drive — in Shaheen Bagh on Might 9 and in Madanpur Khadar on Thursday (Might 12). He was briefly held for the protest in Shaheen Bagh, and arrested on prices of rioting for the protest in Madanpur Khadar.
A courtroom granted him bail on Friday.
The AAP didn’t touch upon the police including him to its checklist of “unhealthy characters”.
The Delhi Police and AAP have a protracted historical past of battle, together with over the appointment of attorneys to listen to essential instances within the courts.
A senior police officer mentioned when a historical past sheet is ready, the main points assist police monitor identified troublemakers of an space. “When an individual’s historical past sheet is ready, police can name on them fortnightly and inquire into their actions. Police additionally communicate with their households to maintain a tab on them. That is to maintain identified criminals in verify, in a steady however non-intrusive method. We name them ‘unhealthy characters’, or BCs, in police terminology,” the officer mentioned.
Khan’s advocate Dilshad Ali mentioned, “Khan is a public determine and does good for the individuals of his constituency. He has been discharged in many of the instances talked about by the police within the historical past sheet. This has solely been performed to defame him,” Ali mentioned.
Based on police information, Jamia Nagar SHO on March 28 wrote to the south-east district’s deputy commissioner of police, in search of permission to open a historical past sheet within the MLA’s title, and approval was granted on March 30. Papers hooked up with the SHO’s request confirmed that, as on March 28, there have been 18 instances registered towards Khan, starting in 1995 when he was 21 years outdated.
Nevertheless, of the 18 instances, in at the very least 13, courts both discharged, acquired, and quashed FIRs. Trial is pending in 4 — together with the one pertaining to the alleged assault on former chief secretary Anshu Prakash in February 2018 — whereas one is pending a probe.