"Arvind Kejriwal being 'tortured' in prison," claims AAP's Sanjay Singh

NEW DELHI: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Sanjay Singh hit out at the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday, alleging that Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal is being "tortured" inside the Tihar jail at the behest of the central government.

The AAP leader also said that the jail administration carried out "inhuman" behaviour and refused to allow Kejriwal's wife, Sunita Kejriwal, to meet him in person.

Speaking at a press conference in the national capital, Sanjay Singh said, "Elected thrice with an overwhelming majority, the Chief Minister of 2 crore people in Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal, is being 'tortured,' at the behest of the Government of India, at the behest of the Prime Minister of the country."

"Efforts are being made to break his morale and every now and then an attempt is being made to destroy even the minimum rights and facilities available to anyone and all this is being done openly," he said.

Adding further, Sanjay Singh said, "The information I want to give you today may have come for the first time in the history of Tihar Jail. It is an obvious matter, the officials in any administration are pawns who work under the instructions of the higher-ups."

"Now, let me tell you about the meeting permit for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at Tihar. According to the jail manual and rules of the jail, under 602 and 605, anyone can have a face-to-face meeting in the jail," he said.

"However, when Arvind Kejriwal's wife, whom everybody knows is at the present time worried and tensed, and while his parents, both of whom are ill, came to meet him at the jail, she was told that she could not meet him face-to-face or in a room but rather through a window," he added.

He further questioned and said, "Why was such inhuman behaviour meted out towards him? This inhuman act has been done just to humiliate and discourage Arvind Kejriwal," he claimed.

"I am saying with full responsibility that even the dreaded criminals are allowed to meet in the barrack, but a three-time CM of Delhi is allowed to meet his wife through a window with a glass in between," said the AAP leader.

Arvind Kejriwal is currently in Tihar Jail under judicial custody. He was arrested by the Enforcement Directorate last month in connection with the Delhi liquor policy case.

Sanjay Singh, who was in jail in connection with the Delhi excise policy case since October last year, got out on bail earlier this month.

Earlier this week, he claimed Tihar authorities threatened to block his family's visits after passing a message to AAP MLAs through his lawyers.

The BJP has demanded Arvind Kejriwal's resignation as the Delhi chief minister on moral grounds.

The AAP says he will continue to work for Delhi from inside jail because he hasn't been convicted in any case.


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