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Defamation suit against Delhi CM, Atishi

NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP spokesperson Atishi and two other party leaders had been on Friday summoned as accused in a defamation case filed by means of Delhi BJP, through its vice-president, alleging the AAP leaders defamed the ruling party by means of pronouncing that it had got 30 lakh names deleted from the electorate’ checklist within the city.

Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal found the allegation relating to the BJP, prima facie defamatory. He stated, “There exists sufficient grounds to continue in opposition to all the respondents. Accordingly, Kejriwal, Atishi, Manoj Kumar and Sushil Kumar Gupta are summoned for commission of offence of defamation underneath Section 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code.”

Delhi BJP vice-president Rajiv Babbar in his criticism stated that on December 7, 2018, when he was once at the Delhi BJP place of work, he learnt from individuals who had collected there, that Kejriwal had tweeted that BJP got 30 lakh names deleted from the electorate’ checklist. Further, it was once alleged that Atishi, Manoj Kumar and Sushil Kumar addressed mediapersons and made an identical allegations in opposition to BJP, thereby decreasing the party’s image in public eye.

The Election Commission (EC), however, termed the allegations of the AAP leaders as “baseless and with out information”. According to EC, addition and deletion of names was once a typical workout. It got here on document sooner than the court docket that since 2015, EC had been deleting 2.5 lakh non-existent electorate’ names, on a mean, yearly.

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