Assam MLA arrested in car theft case

Assam MLA arrested in car theft case

GUWAHATI: Assam Congress legislator Rumi Nath was on Tuesday picked up from her official residence by the Guwahati police in connection with car theft case.

According to reports, the Congress MLA was detained for alleged links to Anil Chauhan, who is the kingpin of an auto theft racket that operates in Mumbai and Delhi.

Nath has been under scanner over allegations that she allegedly arranged car passes of the state Assembly premises for notorious car-lifter Anil Chauhan, who was arrested by the Guwahati Police recently.

The Congress party had also issued a show-cause notice to her in this connection.

The State Assembly Secretariat had already issued a letter to the Congress legislator asking her to explain why she had recommended issuance of vehicle passes for Anil Chauhan for entry into the high-security Assembly premises.

The Assembly Secretariat had issued car passes to Chauhan on the recommendation of legislator Rumi Nath on at least three occasions, these being in May 2013, September 2014 and as recently as in January 2015.

According to rules, an MLA or minister can get passes for all of his or her vehicles, apart from recommending issue of passes for five more vehicles for his or her family members, friends and relatives.

Anil Chauhan, said to be "the country's most-wanted car-lifter" and who was earlier arrested in Meghalaya in August 2010, is said to have been involved in the theft of at least 3,000 cars across the country.

The Guwahati Police had, in a joint operation with the CRPF, arrested Chauhan from near Azara in west Guwahati on April 7 and recovered from him one hand-made pistol, one 9 mm pistol, some ammunitions, four mobile phones and four ATM cards.

According to the police, Chauhan is wanted in numerous cases of car-lifting in New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Shillong, Maharashtra and other places and his network is spread over the entire country.

Police have also claimed that Chauhan, who owns apartments and houses in several localities in Guwahati city, is also involved in smuggling of animal parts and illegal weapons.

Rumi Nath, who was first elected to the state assembly on a BJP ticket from Barkhola constituency in 2006 joined the Congress in 2010 to be elected as Congress MLA in 2011.

A year later she first hit headlines by leaving her doctor husband Rakesh Singh and a two-year old daughter to convert into Islam and marry a departmental MLA called Jackie Zakir. In April last year she made news again when she filed a complaint against Zakir of domestic violence and torture and got him arrested. (Agencies)

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