The Aam Aadmi Party, bogged down by numerous cases against its leaders, was faced with yet another jolt on Saturday after a case of sexual harassment was filed against its Delhi legislator Amanatulllah Khan by his sister-in-law.
The 32-year-old woman has alleged that she was being pressurised by Mr Khan to get into a physical relationship with him, a senior officer at Delhi's Jamia Nagar police station said. She has also accused Mr Khan's brother and her in-laws of torturing her for dowry.
Mr Khan has denied the charges saying that he had "no connection with the woman at all".
A case under IPC sections 354A (sexual harassment), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty) was registered against Khan and the woman's husband, said the officer.
Crying foul play, Khan alleged he was being framed in false cases as he is an MLA of Aam Aadmi Party and was exposing corruption in the Waqf Board.
The police case was filed hours after Mr Khan, 42, resigned as Delhi Waqf Board Chairman claiming that he was being framed in 'false charges' of corruption. His office was raided by the anti-corruption branch over an alleged recruitment scam two days ago.
In his resignation letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Mr Khan, who was also a member of the State Haj Committee, said he had "run out of patience" pleading innocence over a number of allegations levelled against him and his family members.
"Some people dislike my honesty and service. I want to be free from all the responsibilities given to me by the government and therefore I tender my resignation from all the posts," Mr Khan said in his letter.
Speaking in the Delhi Assembly on Friday, Mr Khan had defended himself saying he had made the "contractual" recruitment following due procedures. Waqf Board was reeling under shortage of staff which necessitated the appointments, he added.
Although there is no official communiqué in this regard, Kejriwal has reportedly refused to accept his resignation.
In July this year, Khan was arrested for allegedly threatening a 35-year-old woman with dire consequences, but was later granted bail.
The AAP legislator from Okhla constituency also had found himself in the eye of a major controversy in March this year for his alleged hate speech against the Modi government.
AAP, which was formally launched in 2012, is currently embroiled in several controversies.
The latest scandal comes to light, after AAP's social justice minister Sandeep Kumar was sacked a few days ago following a woman's rape complaint against him. The incident came to light after the media got hold of a CD showing the AAP leader in a compromising position with the woman.