A Bharatiya Janata Party leader who had unsuccessfully contested the 2008 Assembly elections in Delhi has been arrested for allegedly raping a 28-year-old woman in Vijay Vihar here.

The victim had approached the police with her complaint on Thursday and a case was registered against 40-year-old Yogesh Attray under Sections 376 (rape), 506 (criminal intimidation), 509 (intending to insult the modesty of any woman) and 313 (causing miscarriage without woman’s consent) of the Indian Penal Code.

According to the police, Attray had been raping the victim for the past five years on the pretext of marriage. In her complaint, the victim also alleged that Attray had warned her of dire consequences if she disclosed their relationship.

The accused was arrested on Friday near Rohini and later produced before a court, which sent him to police custody for two days. Attray, who had contested the Assembly elections on a BJP ticket, lost to Delhi Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan.