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AAP’s Sanjay, Durgesh file defamation plea against MLA, Kingra

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak on Friday filed a criminal defamation complaint against their own MLA, Devinder Sehrawat, for writing to AAP supremo and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, alleging that women who want to contest in the upcoming Punjab polls are being “exploited” by AAP leaders.

punjab Updated: Sep 09, 2016 20:24 IST
Nikhil Sharma
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Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak. (HT Photo)

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak on Friday filed criminal defamation complaints against the party’s Delhi MLA Devinder Sehrawat, who has alleged that they exploited women in Punjab by promising poll tickets; former AAP leader Hardip Singh Kingra, and AAP national council member Pavittar Singh and his wife Lakhwinder Kaur.

Sanjay, party’s state affairs in-charge, and Pathak, the national organisation-building head, reached around 11.30 am and submitted their complaints at the local chief judicial magistrate’s court.

Against Sehrawat, they said that the MLA is damaging their image and also defaming the AAP at the behest of opposition parties. They slammed him for writing to AAP convener and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal with the allegations.

Sanjay at the courts in Chandigarh on Friday. (HT Photo)

As for Kingra, Sanjay said he desired a poll ticket from Faridkot constituency that was denied, upon which he resigned. Then, in a press conference in Chandigarh on September 1, he alleged that a member of the party’s fundraising committee, Surinder Singh Arora, had collected Rs 6 lakh but only deposited Rs 1 lakh to the party account after giving Rs 5 lakh to him (Sanjay).

Kingra had also played an audio of a purported conversation between a Samrala AAP worker, Paramjit Dhillon, and the party’s Ludhiana observer Ambrish Trikha. Trikha was purportedly heard asking Dhillon that he would have to pay Rs 5 lakh per month to meet and hang around Pathak, who has ridiculed the allegations.

Further, a complaint denied allegations that they had asked Pavittar and his wife Lakhwinder for Rs 50 lakh to give the party ticket to the latter from Phillaur. Sanjay and Pathak have denied any such meeting took place.

Hearing has been scheduled for October 1.

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