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Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP’s Bidhuri, Gambhir stuck in legal tangles

While the complaint against Gambhir stated that he held a public meeting without permission, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha moved the Delhi High Court over Bidhuri allegedly concealing information in his affidavit to the Election Commission of India (EC).

lok-sabha-elections Updated: Apr 28, 2019 03:27 IST
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AAP’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha moved the high court against Ramesh Bidhuri for allegedly concealing information in his affidavit to the Election Commission of India.
AAP’s South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha moved the high court against Ramesh Bidhuri for allegedly concealing information in his affidavit to the Election Commission of India.(sonu mehta/ ht)
         

A court case and a police complaint were filed against two Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidates Ramesh Bidhuri (South Delhi) and Gautam Gambhir (East Delhi), respectively, on Saturday.

While the complaint against Gambhir stated that he held a public meeting without permission, the Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) South Delhi candidate Raghav Chadha moved the Delhi High Court over Bidhuri allegedly concealing information in his affidavit to the Election Commission of India (EC).

The district election officer (East) on Saturday asked the Delhi Police to take action against Gambhir. According to the officer, Gambhir held a public meeting Mirpur Balidan Bhawan at Lajpat Nagar on April 25 for which he had not sought permission. “It is brought to your notice that a public meeting of Gautam Gambhir on April 25, 2019 was held at Mirapur Balidan Bhawan (Lajpat Nagar)….It was noted that there was no permission obtained for the said event. In this regard, you are requested to take further action/FIR as per procedure,” the complaint by district election officer (East) read.

Deputy commission of police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said that the police have taken legal action under section 20/110 (penalty for contravening regulations) of the Delhi Police Act.

Rajiv Babbar, Delhi BJP vice-president, said, “We have not got any notice from the Election Commission or police so far. This is nothing but a negative campaign of the AAP, which is levelling false complaints against our candidates.”

In Bidhuri’s case, Chadha on Saturday moved the High Court challenging an order of the District Magistrate, South district, for accepting his BJP opponent’s nomination.

The plea comes after the Chief Returning Officer stated that they do not have the power to reject the nomination of a candidate once an affidavit has been filed regardless of any suppression of facts.

The petition, which is likely to come up for hearing on Tuesday, said that Bidhuri had “wilfully and intentionally concealed the factum of registration of an FIR registered against him at Muzaffarpur, Bihar”. It also stated that Bidhuri had also declared false incomes with respect to his income and his spouse’s income.

The FIR against Bidhuri, registered in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur on December 12, 2018, pertains to an incident in Delhi in which Bidhuri allegedly misbehaved with an office bearer of BJPduring an event in South Delhi that year. The FIR was registered on the directions of a court after an individual had filed a complaint against Bidhuri for hurting the community sentiments.

The AAP had objected to Bidhuri’s candidature on Wednesday on the ground of non-disclosure of facts in his poll affidavit.

How is this possible that Ramesh Bidhuri did not know about it? The case was reported widely in the media and mentioned during the hearings of the ongoing proceedings in a defamation case filed by Bidhuri against Arvind Kejriwal in a Delhi court,” Chadha said.

Bidhuri said, “I didn’t know about the case. The AAP is making this excuse to avoid taking a direct political fight against the BJP in the upcoming polls.”

First Published: Apr 28, 2019 03:27 IST

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