Farmer Gajendra Singh's family while rejecting the apology, demanded a CBI probe into the incident. READ MORE: Home Minister critical of AAP over farmer's suicide ALSO READ: Delhi Police refuse to join magisterial probe MUST READ: AAP leaders instigated farmer to commit suicide, accuse Delhi Police
"I was to deliver an hour-long speech but I wrapped it up in 10-15 mins. I think that was my mistake. Probably I should not have spoken. If that has hurt anynone's sentiments I would like to apologise," an under-fire Kejriwal said.
He, however, insisted that the focus should not deviate from the "real" issues being faced by the farmers.
"I am guilty. Blame me. I feel the rally should have been called off. But please focus on the real issue of the farmers and desist from politicking. Whoever is guilty hang him but the focus of the debate should be on why the farmers are committing suicide," Kejriwal told a news channel.
Still bitter, the family of Gajendra Singh, 41, who ended his life by hanging from a tree at an AAP rally on Wednesday, refused to accept Kejriwal's apology.
"What will happen now after this apology? My brother has died. Kejriwal did not stop the rally for even two minutes after the incident," the farmer's sister Rekha told reporters at his native Nangal Jhamarwada village in Dausa district of Rajasthan.
Backing the conspiracy theory behind her brother's tragic death, she said, "He might have been provoked... some conspiracy may be behind this."
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh had yesterday said AAP supporters "clapped and raised slogans" as Singh stood atop a tree with a towel fashioned as noose tied around his neck. The Delhi police's FIR too alleged they "instigated" the farmer to commit suicide and thwarted their attempts to save him.
Gajendra's uncle, Gopal Singh, the village Sarpanch, demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
"We have doubts about this incident and demand a CBI inquiry in the case. We have asked (state) minister Rajendra Rathore to take up this matter with Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh," Gopal Singh said.
Referring to the turf war between Delhi police and his government over a parallel magisterial probe, Kejriwal said he was prepared to file his statement to the police, if needed.
The Delhi police had yesterday claimed a magistrate had no jurisdiction to investigate the case already being probed by the police. District Magistrate Sanjay Kumar had, however, said it was incumbent upon the police to cooperate in the inquiry as CrPC provided for the police informing the nearest executive magistrate in case of a suicide who will then hold a parallel probe.
"District Magistrate has the jurisdiction to investigate under the CrPC and the police does criminal investigation based on FIR...if police calls me I will go to file my statement," Kejriwal said, striking a conciliatory note.
Farmer Gajendra Singh's family while rejecting the apology, demanded a CBI probe into the incident.
READ MORE: Home Minister critical of AAP over farmer's suicide
ALSO READ: Delhi Police refuse to join magisterial probe
MUST READ: AAP leaders instigated farmer to commit suicide, accuse Delhi Police