Police questioning AAP leader Rajendra Pal Gautam? Ex-minister says no notification received

Former Delhi minister Rajendra Pal Gautam, who resigned amid controversy over his presence at a religious conversion event, claimed Monday he had received no notification from Delhi police of further inquiries into the matter. Police will question Gautam on Tuesday about his presence at an event where alleged Hindu deities were denounced.

The former minister said police had already visited his home and inquired about the event, adding that he would be cooperating with the police in the event of further questioning.

“I have not received any notification from the Delhi Police. Some Delhi police officers came to my home around 4:00 pm to inquire about the oath dispute. I have given full details. If you have any further questions or communications, I will cooperate,” he said.

Gautam has received a notice to appear for questioning along with some others, a senior official said earlier today. “He will be questioned about his presence at the event and details will be gathered as to what actually happened there,” the official said.

Gautam resigned from his post on Sunday after controversy erupted over his presence at the religious conversion event.

The BJP had used the issue to attack Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal during the Gujarat election campaign, accusing him of being “anti-Hindu”.

In a letter shared on Twitter, Gautam said he attended the event as a private individual and it had nothing to do with his party or the ministry. He lashed out at the BJP for targeting Kejriwal and AAP, claiming the Saffron Party was engaging in “dirty politics” on the issue.

Gautam, who was Minister for Social Welfare, SC and ST, Chancellor for Cooperatives and Gurudwara Elections, said he was resigning as Minister as he did not want his leader or AAP to get in trouble because of him.

(With PTI inputs)

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