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The day after: FIR against AAP protest, PIL accuses Kejriwal of ‘fake poll promises’

Arvind Kejriwal A PIL has sought FIR against Arvind Kejriwal for making 'fake' poll promises.
Express News Service | New Delhighaziabad | Posted: January 22, 2014 11:40 am | Updated: January 22, 2014 1:32 pm

Hours after an NGO moved the Delhi High Court for quashing nomination of Arvind Kejriwal for alleged illegalities in election affidavit, another PIL was filed in the HC on Wednesday seeking an FIR against the Delhi Chief Minister and his Aam Aadmi Party for making false promises. The court will hear the matter after examining the jurisdiction issue.

Filing the petition, advocate ML sharma said that the Home Ministry should have taken suo motu action and ordered FIR against AAP under Section 420 of IPC, for making poll promises which cannot be realised.

Earlier, an NGO filed a petition the court alleging that Kejriwal had given incorrect information in the election affidavit. The court, however, refused to entertain NGO’s plea and directed it to move the appropriate magisterial court. Hearing the petition, the Chief Justice asked the petitioner to approach an appropriate forum, saying that voters can file election petition.

The counsel for the Election Commission said that under S 125 Representation of People’s Act, falsifying or concealing information in an election affidavit is a criminal offence. The lawyer said he will file criminal case as per provisions.

Earlier in the day, Kejriwal, who sat on a two-day dharna outside Rail Bhawan, was on Wednesday admitted to hospital with acute bronchitis.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police has registered an FIR against unknown persons in connection with Kejriwal’s dharna in the heart of the national capital that witnessed many violent scuffles in the high-security area where prohibitory orders were in place. The altercations between police and AAP workers had left at least 31 people, including policemen and media personnel, injured.

During his over 30-hour protest, Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues slept in the open outside Rail Bhawan. Kejriwal was taken to the Yashoda Hospital in Ghaziabad and is said to be undergoing tests. He is suffering from acute bronchitis and had fever in the night, sources at Yashoda Hospital said. A CT scan has been conducted on him at the hospital besides various other tests.

Kejriwal, who had on Monday night slept on the road and held cabinet meetings with his colleagues in his car, announced that he was calling off the protest following the “victory” achieved by the people of Delhi.

The Delhi Chief Minister’s dharna came to an end on Tuesday night after two police officers were sent on leave under a neat compromise with the Centre over his demand for suspension of five officials for alleged dereliction of duty.

The case was registered at Parliament Street Police Station last night under section 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of duty) and section 333(voluntarily causing grievous hurt to deter public servant from duty) of IPC, police sources said.

(With PTI inputs)

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