Bareilly, Jan 17: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Shehla Tahir was arrested in connection with an assault case against her from 2011 minutes after she took oath as the chairperson of the local civic body. “Shehla Tahir has been arrested for assaulting a doctor in Nawabganj in 2011. A court had issued a non-bailable warrant against her on January 8,” superintendent of police (city) Rohit Kumar Sajwan was quoted as saying. Also Read - 'Not a Criminal,' Says Kanpur Firing Mastermind Vikas Dubey in Video, Discloses His Political Links
The swearing-in ceremony of Shehla Tahir had been on hold for a month. The sub-divisional magistrate of Nawabganj in Bareilly district administered the oath of office to Shehla after the Allahabad high court ordered district magistrate RV Singh to swear her in by January 17. She had approached the court accusing the administration of delaying the ceremony. Also Read - UP News: 7 Dead, 4 Injured After Explosion at Factory in Modinagar
Shehla Tahir’s swearing-in ceremony delayed had been delayed since the BJP district unit president Ravindra Rathore had levelled sedition charges against her. It had been alleged that anti-national slogans had been shouted at her victory rally on December 19. Police had filed an FIR on the basis of a video clip in which a voice is, allegedly, heard shouting “Pakistan zindabad” off-camera, reported Times of India. Also Read - Unlock 2: Uttar Pradesh Govt Allows Big Events, Gatherings in State With Social Distance Guidelines
However, the police said Shehla was not arrested in the sedition case. After the arrest, she was produced in a court, from where she was sent to judicial custody for 14 days. The courtroom also witnessed drama when a group of advocates raised slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ when Shehla was produced. The BSP leader’s nephew and one of her supporters were also beaten up for raising slogans for her.