Days after he was offered a house in the affluent Civil Lines area, a case has been filed against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal in the Delhi High Court, seeking orders to remove him and any person connected to him from the property. The petition also stated that in case Kejriwal was aware of the legal status of the property before he agreed to take it, he should be put on trial for contempt of court.
The petition was filed before the Joint Registrar of the Delhi High Court on Wednesday by advocate Girish Aggarwal on behalf of Virender Jain, the brother of Naren Bhiku Jain who had offered to lease out the 4B Flagstaff Road property to Kejriwal. It will come up for hearing before the appropriate court on July 1 when the court will reopen after vacations.
Reacting to the objections raised by Virender, Kejriwal on Wednesday said he would “not shift to the new house” till the legal issues were resolved. Stating that he had been unaware of the legal issues, Kejriwal said, “It’s a dispute between two brothers. I went to the landlord. The brothers will sort out the matter. If the court tells me not to stay in the house, I will look for another residence.”
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Virender has filed three separate pleas in the High Court, two seeking contempt of court action and criminal proceedings for perjury against Naren and the third to remove Kejriwal and his agents from the four-bedroom house. The property has been the subject of a dispute between the brothers. Naren had offered to rent out the house to Kejriwal, following which repair work had begun.
However, Virendra raised objections to renting out the property, claiming that he owns 50 per cent of the house under the terms of the partition agreement between the brothers. According to the pleas filed by Virendra, his brother had “intentionally and willfully made the wrong statements to convey a message that he is the sole owner of the said property and he can rent it out according to his own wishes which amounts to committing contempt of court”.
In his pleas, Virendra has alleged that the properties owned by his father (former Congress member Bhikhuram Jain) are under dispute between his five sons and two daughters, and a case was filed in the High Court in 2010 regarding the matter. The court had then issued status quo orders on the properties, following which the five brothers had given an undertaking in 2013 that they would maintain status quo on all the properties.
He has, therefore, sought court orders for action against Naren for “breach of his undertaking and the interim injunction” issued by the court in 2013.