The Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the summons issued against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas by a court in Uttar Pradesh over alleged violation of the prohibitory order and holding an unauthorised meeting.
A bench led by Justice J S Khehar put in abeyance the order by a Sultanpur court and sought a response from the state government.
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Kejriwal and Vishwas have been accused of violating prohibitory orders by holding an unscheduled roadside meeting while going to Amethi and thereby obstructing traffic movement during 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
The FIR was lodged by the assistant election officer under sections including 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 341 (wrongful restraint),353, 171G (false statement in connection with an election) of the Indian Penal Code in April 2014.
The petitioners had challenged the summons in Allahabad High Court on grounds that they had all the requisite permissions for a rally and there was no prohibitory order in force at the time of alleged offence.