Complaint against Kejriwal: Kutch cops gather evidence

Asked if Kejriwal will be arrested, the DSP said, “We shall keep this open-ended, but no arrest has been made so far.”

Rajkot | Updated: March 8, 2014 5:57 am

The Gandhidham police on Friday started recording statements of people as part of their investigation in the case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convenor and former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others for alleged violation of model code of conduct of election.

The B Division police in Gandhidham booked Kejriwal and five other AAP workers on Thursday after Kejriwal addressed a gathering of party supporters through loudspeaker system without due permission and thereby violating notification of district magistrate in this regard. On the basis of a complaint filed by Assistant Police Sub Inspector P M Parmar, the police booked the AAP leader under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code.

“We are collecting evidence and recording statements of those present at the time of the incident. Among others, there were three election officers remanded present at the time of the alleged breach of law,” District Superintendent of Police (Kutch East) Deepak Meghani told The Indian Express on Friday.

An offence under Section 188 of IPC can attract a jail term of up to six months and fine up to Rs 2,000.

The DSP said that a salt inspector, the taluka development officer of Gandhidham and chief officer of Gandhidham municipality, the officers who have been given special powers by district magistrate for the elections, were present at Rishabh Corner, where the alleged incident took place. Kejriwal addressed AAP workers for around 10 minutes during his stopover in Gandhidham as party of his day-long tour of Kutch district on Thursday.

“The election offices have made independent videography of the event and we shall seek that also,” Meghani added. It was a case of violation of the notification of district magistrate, hence they had filed a police complaint, he added.

Asked if Kejriwal will be arrested, the DSP said, “We shall keep this open-ended, but no arrest has been made so far.”

Meanwhile Duttesh Bhavsar, Kutch district convenor of AAP, said, “Yes, we admit we have made a mistake. We used 30 watt loudspeaker system in the rush of the district tour and did not know such a small system also warranted prior permission. We shall meet the district collector in this regard.”

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    Anubha Dixit
    Mar 8, 2014 at 11:10 am
    Kejriwal doesn't know what rules, regulations and consution is. He makes his own rules and breaks the others. Its a shame that a man who is calling himself as the people's man doesn't even follow the consution of India
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      Deepak
      Mar 9, 2014 at 1:25 am
      Why do people talk of "mistakes" by Kejriwal in Gujarat? The w concept of AAP is a mistake. This is not the time to repeat Mahatma hi. The w party is a farce - 49 days of drama in Delhi, while 150 people died of the cold. The media should take this up. And Kejriwal's violent supporters meet up with brooms - this is the height of stupidity. It's time for EC to take firm action against this party of street thugs.
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        Deepak T
        Mar 8, 2014 at 11:37 pm
        Kejriwal is a pathologically ambitious man in hurry which makes him tell hundred lies and not only break rules himself but also rewards those who do it, as long as it serves his interest.A case in context when he awarded 50% electricity bill waiver in Delhi as CM for those who did not pay their bill. What kind of precedent this man I setting.He would like to be called as revolutionary but to most of Indian now he nothing more then a rabid dog creating anarchy wherever he sets his foot.
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          Deepak Batra
          Mar 8, 2014 at 10:54 am
          What Kejriwal has he done so far except dharnas? He intentionally distracts others and seeks attention.I don't understand what kind of politician Kejriwal is.He was always found breaking law. He quit as CM beacuse he has bigger aspiration.
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            Himani Kansal
            Mar 8, 2014 at 11:06 am
            AAP made a mistake in Gujarat. If they really wanted to expose corrupt Modi, then could have done it in some other way, but what they did is completely childish
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              Himani Kansal
              Mar 8, 2014 at 11:08 am
              Kejriwal is an immature politician. He thinks that all this is a child's game, but its time to realize that he is into some serious work. This kind of stuff won't help him
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                Aman Mehra
                Mar 8, 2014 at 10:51 am
                AAP should not be forgiven because they have made mistakes again and again. Kejriwal is not mature enough to handle political stunts. He can only create dramas.
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                  Ravinder Kapkoti
                  Mar 8, 2014 at 11:13 am
                  Kejriwal is hungry for power and that's why he is doing all this nautanki. He has lost all the respect and faith. Now he has no chance in the LokSabha elections
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