In a relief to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court on Thursday put on hold the summons issued against him and AAP leader Kumar Vishwas in a criminal case registered against them in April 2014 during the Lok Sabha elections.
A bench led by justice JS Kehar also issued notice to the Uttar Pradesh government on Kejriwal and Vishwas’s plea challenging the summons issued to them. The court also granted them exemption from personal appearance.
The AAP leaders moved the SC against the October 24 verdict of Allahabad High Court dismissing their pleas against the Sultanpur trial court order summoning them.
During the last Lok Sabha elections, the assistant election officer of the area lodged a case against them on April 20, 2014 for allegedly calling an unlawful assembly, obstructing public servant while they discharged their official duties and giving false statement in connection with an election.
The two said summons could not have been issued because they had the requisite permission to hold a rally and there was no prohibitory order in force at that time. The case was based on frivolous complaints to create impediments in their election campaign, they had said.