Criminal case filed against Kejriwal for abetting bribery

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New Delhi: A case was filed Thursday in a court here seeking action against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for exhorting voters in his election speeches to take bribes if offered by the BJP and Congress but to vote for his party.

The criminal case was filed by Arun Kumar, a practicing lawyer in Tis Hazari court, accusing Kejriwal of deliberately abetting bribery by asking Delhi voters to take bribe from the political parties ahead of the Feb 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 Jan 18 at Uttam Nagar, Kejriwal gave such statement and again made tthe same statement Jan 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 Jan 18, Jan 23 and Jan 27 on the same issue.

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