Criminal case filed against Kejriwal for abetting bribery

  • Avantika Mehta, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jan 29, 2015 21:52 IST

Ten days before the Capital is set to vote in the Delhi assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal must once again face a city court before which a criminal complaint for abetting taking of bribes was filed against him on Thursday.

The complaint, filed by advocate Arun Kumar, before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate of the Tis Hazari court complex seeks action against the former Delhi Chief Minister, also a contender for the post in the current round, for exhorting voters in his election speeches to take bribes if offered by the BJP and Congress but to vote for his party.

Kumar has accused Kejriwal of deliberately abetting bribery by asking Delhi voters to take bribe from the political parties ahead of the february 7 assembly elections.

He contended that Kejriwal, despite himself being an ex-chief minister and knowing the fact that acceptance of bribe is punishable under law, instigated voters to take bribes.

The lawyer sought Kejriwal's prosecution under Sections 107 (abetment), 171 B (offering or accepting bribe) and 171 E (punishment for bribery) of the Indian Penal Code.

The plea said that during his public rally January 18 at Uttam Nagar, Kejriwal gave such statement and again made the same statement January 22 at an election meeting in Krishna Nagar.

"The accused (Kejriwal) had made the statements with deliberate intention to abet Delhi voters, which include complainant (Arun Kumar) herein, with full knowledge and belief that by such instigation, Delhi voters may get instigated to accept bribe from other political parties such as Congress and BJP in Delhi assembly elections," said the petition.

Kejriwal had said that people from both the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress would offer money to voters which they should not refuse. The Aam Aadmi Party leader asked electors, however, to cast their vote in favour of his party.

The Election Commission has already issued three notices to Kejriwal, asking him to "desist" from making comments on bribing of voters by political parties and warned him of strict action in the event of any violation.

The poll panel had issued notice to the AAP leader January 18, January 23 and January 27 on the same issue.

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