Balli Singh Cheema, AAP’s Nainital candidate refuses bail

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batori.inNAINITAL, April 25- Jailed AAP candidate from Nainital seat Balli Singh Cheema on Thursday refused to accept bail and said he would contest the Lok Sabha polls from Haldwani jail where he is lodged for alleged violation of model code of conduct.

Cheema and two of his associates were sent to jail on April 22 for staging a sit-in outside the SSP’s camp office in Rudrapur to protest alleged seizure of his campaign vehicle by the authorities. Terming it as “harassment” by authorities, Cheema alleged that his campaign vehicle was seized despite the fact that he had the mandatory permission to use it for the purpose.

Udham Singh Nagar SSP Ridhim Agarwal said, “14 other AAP workers arrested for the same offence were let out on bail but Cheema and two of his associates refused to take bail and were sent to jail.”

AAP’s poll committee convener for Uttarakhand Shamsher Singh Bisht said Cheema was jailed without any offence. Demanding immediate removal of the police officials posted in Udhamsingh Nagar district, Bisht said fair polls cannot be expected in Nainital without their transfer.

Meanwhile, high profile AAP leaders like Kumar Vishwas and Shazia Ilmi are likely to visit Cheema in jail.

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