I'm victim of political conspiracy: AAP leader's brother

New Delhi, Oct 17 (IANS) An Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader's brother, booked for kidnapping a businessman and an accused in the Indian Premier League (IPL) spot-fixing case, Thursday moved a Delhi court seeking bail, saying he was the victim of a "political conspiracy".

Chakit Ravi, elder brother of AAP's Karol Bagh candidate Vishesh Ravi, and three others allegedly kidnapped city-based businessman Ritesh Bansal and an IPL spot-fixing accused at gun-point Aug 25 and demanded Rs.30 lakh.

Additional Sessions Judge Illa Rawat called for Bansal's file in the IPL spot-fixing case registered against him by the Mumbai police Crime Branch.

The directive came after Chakit's counsel told the court Bansal, accused in the IPL scam case, was appearing before a Mumbai court during the time Bansal claimed to have been kidnapped by his client.

Chakit, in judicial custody since Aug 26, sought bail saying the charges levelled against him were false and he was "a victim of political conspiracy" to defame his family.

Chakit said his younger brother "is a poll candidate and the complaint was lodged just when his name was announced for contesting the elections".

Chakit has been booked under various sections of the IPC for kidnapping and also under the Arms Act.

The police said Bansal is the owner of a fledging construction business in central Delhi, and was allegedly kidnapped at gun point by one of his business associates and Chakit.

The FIR said Bansal was taken to a spot near Rithala Metro Station where the money had to be paid. The police said Chakit and another person was nabbed hours after Bansal was kidnapped but two accomplices are still absconding.

The police also said Chakit was helping Bansal in mediation of some business issues.


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