UP Police arrests expelled BJP leader Dayashankar Singh from BIhar

Photographs of Singh have surfaced online after a priest who helped him with the darshan uploaded the picture on his Facebook account. But the party did not accept the apology and filed a formal police complaint against Dayashankar Singh. On Thursday the Lucknow Bench of the Allahabad High Court had rejected Mr Singh's plea to put his arrest on hold.

Former BJP leader Daya Shankar Singh, wanted in a case with regard to his objectionable comments against BSP chief Mayawati, was on Friday arrested from Buxar district of Bihar.

Dayashankar Singh's comment incited outrage and Ms Mayawati warned in a Parliament speech that if he was not punished, Dalits, the caste that she belongs to, would erupt in protests across the country. The state police was searching Dayashankar with a non-bailable warrant issued by an SC/ST court of Lucknow for his alleged derogatory remarks against BSP Chief Mayawati.

The remarks by Singh, former UP Vice President of BJP, had stoked a major controversy with BJP expelling him from the party. He has been handed over to the Uttar Pradesh Police.

The case was lodged against them under various Sections of the IPC including 153 (a) (promoting enmity between groups), 295 (a) (deliberate acts meant to outrage religious feelings), 120 (b) (criminal conspiracy), and POSCO Act. Siddiqui is accused of using foul language against Dayashankar's daughter and other family members.

  • Jon Douglas