NEW DELHI: Sonia and Rahul Gandhi and former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh were briefly detained at a police station in Delhi Friday morning for defying orders as they tried to march towards Parliament.

To court arrest, Congress leaders after holding a rally against the government forced their way past the barricades. After a quick stop at the police station, they were allowed to drive to  the parliament.

The Leaders action on a sweltering morning was labeled by the ruling BJP as a desperate attempt to distract attention from charges of corruption around the Congress' top leaders due to the Agusta Westland scam, alleging that the Anglo Italian defense manufacturer paid bribes to win a helicopter contract when the Congress was in power.

The Gandhis have denied any link to the Agusta scam; however Mrs Gandhi and her aides are mentioned in documents presented in an Italian court which indicted Agusta executives for paying bribes, which is being cited by the BJP as evidence that cannot be ignored. The Congress says that the documents which are notes and letters exchanged by middlemen show nothing other than listing influential leaders which, it says, would naturally be from the Congress because it was in the government at the time.

At the rally this morning, Mrs Gandhi hit out at the present government, and made a direct attack on the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the ideological mentor of the ruling BJP. "I want to tell Nagpur, to those whose instructions run the Narendra Modi government – no matter what you accuse us of, we will not bow down." She further stressed, "Life has taught me about struggles."

The Congress demonstration was protesting the imposition of President's Rule in two states that it governed – Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand saying that the BJP is misusing its power at the Centre to remove democratically elected governments in states led by the opposition.

The scenes outside the police station were chaotic. Hundreds of Congress workers gathered outside the police station to support several Congress leaders who had courted arrest.

In recent months, the Congress repeatedly alleged that the BJP government has made sustained efforts to destabilize Congress-led governments in states like Arunachal Pradesh and Uttarakhand. While Arunachal saw a change in leadership, Uttarakhand is still under President’s Rule. The BJP, accused to the intense factionalism within the Congress for what has transpired in the two states.

The two parties have also sparred in the current session of Parliament over the AgustaWestland issue.