Former Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) minister Sucha Singh Langah was sent to police custody till 9 October on Wednesday.

Sucha Singh Langah was booked, 26 September, after a widow lodged a complaint that the Akali leader had raped her on several occasions and had threatened her not to disclose the matter to anybody.

Langah has been booked under Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections 376 (rape), 384 (extortion), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code at the Gurdaspur City police station.

He had surrendered before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Mohit Bansal in Gurdaspur town in north Punjab on Monday.

“The victim filed an affidavit and gave a pen drive with a video recording to support her accusation,” SSP Harcharan Singh Bhullar said.

Langah is the president of the Gurdaspur district unit of the SAD. The by-election for the Gurdaspur parliamentary constituency will be held on October 11.

(with agency inputs)