New Delhi, Oct 14: A visit to the home of an Aam Admi Party leader is what led to the suspicion that there could have been a political motive behind the complaint given by Barun Kashyap who had alleged harassment by Gau Rakshaks.
While his confessional statement clearly indicates that he had cooked up the story because of his hatred towards Hindus, the police also state that he is a publicity monger.
Kashyap a film executive in Mumbai had alleged that he was beaten by an auto driver after being accused of carrying a leather bag made of cow hide. While posting about this incident on Facebook, he also went and registered a complaint with the DN Nagar police station on August 19.
The police while investigating this case found several discrepancies in his description of the incident. The CCTV footage obtained show that Barun had left his home at 1 PM and not at 11 AM as he said. The police also got suspicious about his visit to Aam Admi Party leader Preeti Sharma Menon's house in Chembur.
It was found that after the incident he went to her house and stayed over there for two days. The police are trying to ascertain the reason behind this visit by Kashyap. It cannot be a mere coincidence a police officer said while also adding that they are trying to ascertain why he approached a political party for legal assistance.
Kashyap's u-turn has changed the dimension of this entire case. After he narrated the incident, he got a lot of support. This had even led to the Maharashtra Chief Minister, Devendra Fadnavis issuing a statement. However his statement to the police tells a completely different picture.
He says that he put out such a story because he hated Hindus. He further states that he thought he could get some free publicity. Further he also adds that he was running late to work and hence thought he could use this as an excuse to report late.
The police say that there are many aspects to this case that are under probe. While through his confession he has said that this was a cooked up story, the police are also ascertaining if there was a larger political vendetta behind it.
Although he lists out reasons for cooking up this story, the police feel that there is more to it. ( As per law a confessional statement is not admissible in court. The police will need to prove the allegations against him in a court of law)
It may be recalled that after Kashyap was arrested he had threatened to go on a hunger strike. He was arrested on charges of making a false complaint. The volunteers from AAP had also decided to protest along with him outside the police station in Mumbai.