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HC notice to poll panel in plea questioning AAP’s registration

The court has the EC to respond to the plea within two weeks.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the Election Commission to give some clear answers on issues raised in a plea seeking cancellation of the registration granted to the Aam Aadmi Party. The plea alleged the party was registered based on “incorrect and incomplete documents”.

The court of Acting Chief Justice B D Ahmed and Justice Siddharth Mridul did not issue notice in the matter and, instead, re-notified it to March 21.

“We are not issuing notice. We are simply re-notifying the matter to March 21. Give us a clear answer on all the issues raised in the petition,” the court said.

The court passed the order on the petition by Hans Raj Jain, who also sought directions restraining the AAP from contesting the Lok Sabha elections until a final disposal of the case.

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Jain, who claims to have contested the parliamentary elections in 1989 and 1991 from East Delhi, alleged the “registration of AAP was allowed (by the EC) in a hurried manner on the basis of false and fabricated documents without making any proper enquiries”.

He also alleged that “the EC indulged in partiality under some inducement or undue pressure” as no other party had been granted registration “so quickly”.

Jain has further claimed that the EC “unauthorisedly delivered” the registration certificate on the same day as the application being filed.

According to the petitioner, the AAP had not submitted complete documents at the time of its registration, and had also submitted the registration application with a symbol of the Ashok Chakra instead of the broom.

Jain claimed that in an RTI reply, the EC had indicated that the AAP had not filed a proper list of party members, giving only the names and not the complete particulars of each member.

Jain alleged that Kejriwal, AAP national secretary Pankaj Gupta and national treasurer Krishna Kant had submitted different addresses in their affidavits and in their income tax returns.

The court has the EC to respond to the plea within two weeks.