The Delhi High Court on Friday refused to issue a stay on the summons issued by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) to AAP spokesperson Kumar Vishwas on a complaint filed by a woman worker. The woman had approached the DCW alleging that her life was ruined since Vishwas was not rebutting “rumours” about their alleged illicit liaison.
Justice Rajiv Shakdher has now issued notices to DCW, its chairperson Barkha Singh and the woman AAP volunteer on a plea moved by Vishwas seeking a stay on the summons.
“Issue notice to DCW, respondent 3 (Barkha Singh). Issue notice also to Miss X (the AAP volunteer who has filed complaint before DCW)”, the court said while directing the registry of the Delhi High Court to serve the copy of the petition filed by the petitioner (Vishwas) to the respondents.
The notices were issued after Vishwas filed an amended memo of parties, which included the Delhi government, on the direction of the court’s earlier order.
The judge, however, asked Vishwas’ counsel Somnath Bharti to follow the proper procedure and file a fresh memo of parties along with an application before it.
During the proceedings, the court said it was “annoyed and surprised” over the way Bharti filed the amended memo of parties without filing any application. It asked him to file it again while following the procedure.
The bench also directed Vishwas to delete the Delhi government as a party to the case, observing that the DCW was an “autonomous body” and there was “not a whisper of allegation” against the government.
Further, the court pulled up Bharti after the lawyer objected to the media’s presence in the courtroom, and alleged that media reports would affect Vishwas’ reputation.