Mumbai court acquits Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, 7 Others in 2014 Lok Sabha Election Rally Case

MUMBAI: A Mumbai court on Friday acquitted Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and seven others members for holding a rally in Mumbai during the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Acquitting Kejriwal and the others, Metropolitan Magistrate P K Deshpande observed that the police had failed to give the accused a written statement refusing them permission for the rally.

The accused were booked for holding an “unscheduled” rally in Mankhurd without prior permission from the Mumbai traffic police and were booked under various provisions of the Maharashtra Police Act.

Besides the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief, other prominent names acquitted were of activist Medha Patkar and Meera Sanyal. Except Patkar, all others were present for the hearing. All of them have to execute a personal bond of Rs 15,000 in cash.

In March 2014, a complaint was lodged against Kejriwal and the others at suburban Mankhurd police station. Police alleged that the rally was “unscheduled” and held without prior permission from the traffic police.

Court discharges Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal in defamation

NEW DELHI: In a major relief to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi court discharged him in a criminal defamation complaint filed against the CM over his alleged ‘thulla’ remark against the city police. Arvind Kerjiwal was facing trouble after a complaint filed by a Delhi Police constable, who had alleged that the CM had insulted the force by referring to police personnel as “thulla” in a TV interview in 2015.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal said the defamation complaint filed by a constable of Delhi Police, Ajay Kumar Taneja, was not maintainable.

“The complainant is not a person aggrieved in this case, the words prima facie are not defamatory of the complainant. Therefore, this complaint of defamation filed by him is not maintainable,” the court said.

Constable Ajay Kumar Taneja had claimed that being a member of the Delhi Police, he was defamed by the word used by Kejriwal. Taneja is working in Delhi Police as constable since 1986. On the date of the incident, he was posted at the Lajpat Nagar police station

SC refuses urgent hearing to declare Kejriwal’s sit-in as unconstitutional

New Delhi: The Supreme Court today refused an urgent hearing on a plea seeking its direction to declare as “unconstitutional” the sit-in of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his cabinet colleagues inside the lieutenant governor’s office here.

Kejriwal and his ministers have been staging a sit-in at L-G Anil Baijal’s office since June 11 evening to press for their demands, including a direction to IAS officers to end their “strike” and action against those who have struck work.

A vacation bench comprising justices S A Nazeer and Indu Malhotra said the plea would be listed for hearing after the summer vacation.

Lawyer Shashank Sudhi, appearing for petitioner Hari Nath Ram, sought the urgent hearing of the plea, saying a constitutional crisis has been created due to “the unconstitutional and illegal” protest by the chief minister inside the L-G’s office here. Moreover, the citizens are “left high and dry”, he said.

Sudhi said the Delhi High Court, which had heard the matters on the issue yesterday, has now posted them for hearing on June 22 and that the city is facing an “emergency situation” in which citizens are facing severe water crisis

PWD Scam: Delhi HC granted bail to Kejriwal’s relative

New Delhi: A Delhi court today granted bail to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s relative Vinay Bansal in a case related to an alleged scam in the Public Works Department (PWD).

Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau granted relief to Bansal, a nephew of Kejriwal, on a personal bond of Rs two lakh with one surety of like amount, advocate B S Joon, appearing for the accused, said.

Bansal, the son of Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law Surender Bansal, was arrested on May 10 by the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB). Three FIRs, including one against a company run by the chief minister’s brother-in-law Surender Bansal, were registered by the ACB in this case on May 9 last year.

Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by Bansal, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were also named in the FIRs.

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, founder of NGO Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged financial irregularities in building a drain in north-west Delhi and accused Kejriwal and PWD Minister Satyendra Jain of misusing their office to grant the contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR.

Court sends contractor to police custody for a day

A Delhi court today sent a contractor, arrested in connection with an alleged scam in the Public Works Department (PWD), to police custody for a day.

Additional Sessions Judge Sanjay Khanagwal sent Vinay Bansal to custody after the counsel for Delhi Police’s Anti Corruption Branch (ACB) said he was required for custodial interrogation.

Vinay, who is the son of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s late brother-in-law Surender Bansal, was produced before the court after his two-day custody granted to the ACB ended today.

According to an FIR lodged in May last year, Vinay and his father were working on a project of over Rs 4 crore. After receiving a payment of Rs 3 crore, they showed fake bills of Rs 1 crore for procurement of steel from a company that was “non-existent”.

Vinay was arrested on May 10 by the ACB. The court had then rejected the application of the ACB for police remand, saying Vinay, who had fainted and collapsed in the courtroom that day, was not medically fit.

Three FIRs, including one against a company run by Bansal, were registered by the ACB in this case on May 9 last year.

Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by the Bansals, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were named in the FIRs.

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, the founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged that Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain had misused their office for grant of contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR.

RACO, an organisation which claims to monitor construction projects in the national capital, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.

PWD Scam: Kejriwal’s kin Vinay Bansal sent to one-day judicial custody

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s relative Vinay Bansal, arrested by Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) in connection with the PWD scam, was today sent to one-day judicial custody by a Delhi court.
Duty Metropolitian Magistrate Suri Mishra denied the ACB’s application for three-day police remand saying Bansal is not medically fit.
The order came after Bansal, who was arrested this morning by the ACB, fainted during arguments when he was was produced before the court. He was rushed to Aruna Asaf Ali Government Hospital. Bansal is Kejriwal’s nephew.

Three FIRs, including one against a company run by the chief minister’s brother-in-law Surender Bansal, were registered by the ACB in this case on May 9 last year.

Three companies, including Renu Constructions (owned by Bansal, Kamal Singh and Pawan Kumar), were included in the FIRs.

In a complaint, Rahul Sharma, founder of Roads Anti-Corruption Organisation (RACO), had alleged that Kejriwal and PWD minister Satyendra Jain misused their office for grant of contracts to Bansal. However, they were not named in the FIR.

RACO, an organisation which claims to monitor construction projects in the national capital, had alleged that a firm linked to Bansal was involved in financial irregularities in building a drainage system in north-west Delhi.

It was also alleged that the bills sent to the Public Works Department (PWD) for unfinished works were “false and fabricated”.

Delhi High Court refrains from staying Dikshit’s ex-aide’s defamation complaint against Arvind Kejriwal

The Delhi High Court today refrained from ordering an interim stay on trial proceedings in a criminal defamation case filed against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal by a former aide of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.

Justice A K Pathak refused to pass any interim stay order in view of a Supreme Court direction that such matters needed to be decided within a year.

The court, however, issued notices to the state and the complainant Pawan Khera, seeking their stands on Kejriwal’s plea that the complaint was not maintainable as the person affected has not approached the trial court.

The complainant had filed the defamation case over Kejriwal’s alleged remarks against Dikshit during power tariff hike protests in October 2012.

Khera had said that the AAP leader had used objectionable language against the erstwhile Chief Minister Dikshit in a television show.

Appearing for Kejriwal, senior advocate Sudhir Nandrajog contended that the complaint was ex-facie illegal and sought a stay on the trial court proceedings.

Nandrajog, however, also informed the high court about the apex court’s decision that such matters have to be decided or disposed of within a year.

The court subsequently said that in view of the apex court’s direction, no interim order can be passed at this stage and listed the matter for further hearing on July 11.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) supremo in his plea has sought quashing of the criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Khera, Dikshit’s former political secretary.

In his plea, he has questioned Khera’s locus standi to file the complaint and also sought quashing of the January 2013 summons to him and the subsequent proceedings in the matter.

Maintaining that prima facie defamation charges were made out against Kejriwal, the trial court had put him on trial in 2013 after he pleaded not guilty.

HC closes defamation suit on kejriwal after he apologised to Arun Jaitley

The Delhi High Court today closed the Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Union minister Arun Jaitley after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to him.

Jaitley had filed this second defamation suit after Kejriwal’s former lawyer Ram Jethmalani allegedly “abused” him in open court during the proceedings of the original defamation suit against the Aam Aadmi Party chief and five other party functionaries.

Justice Manmohan allowed the settlement application jointly filed by Jaitley and Kejriwal and disposed of the suit following the AAP chief’s apology, which was accepted by the BJP leader.

The court accepted the written undertaking and statement of both the leaders and decreed the suit in accordance with the settlement application.

During the hearing, advocate Anupam Srivastava, appearing for Kejriwal, told the court that the matter was settled and Jaitley accepted the apology tendered by the AAP leader.

Senior advocate Rajiv Nayyar and advocate Manik Dogra, representing Jaitley, also said the dispute was settled by the parties.

The court noted that the settlement application was signed by the leaders as well as their advocates who undertook that their clients would abide by the undertaking given.

Another bench of the high court is scheduled to hear during the day Jaitley and Kejriwal’s settlement application in the first defamation suit.

Kejriwal had on March 19 opposed in the High Court the second Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against him by Jaitley over the use of an objectionable word by Jethmalani. He claimed that he had never instructed his then counsel to use any scandalous words against the minister during recording of evidence.

During the cross-examination of the minister on May 17 last year before Joint Registrar, Jethmalani had used a term Jaitley found objectionable.

AAP leaders had accused the BJP leader of corruption as the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a post he had held from 2000 to 2013.

Jaitley, who had denied all allegations levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal and five other leaders of his party, claiming they had made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.

Its a victory of truth says Arvind Kejriwal after HC order

 “It is a victory of truth,” Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal today said after the Delhi High Court set aside the Centre’s notification disqualifying 20 AAP MLAs in an office of profit case.

Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia too welcomed the order as he joined the AAP legislators in thumping tables in the Delhi Assembly during its ongoing Budget session. The MLAs shouted “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” in the Assembly after the order.

“It is a victory of truth. The elected representatives were wrongfully disqualified. The high court has given justice to the people of Delhi. It is their victory. Congratulations to the people of Delhi,” Kejriwal tweeted.

In a major relief to the Aam Aadmi Party, the high court today sets aside the Election Commission’s recommendation and the subsequent Centre’s notification disqualifying 20 of its MLAs in the office of profit case.

A bench of justices Sanjiv Khanna and Chander Shekhar said that the notification disqualifying the MLAs was bad in law and remanded their plea back to the EC which will hear it afresh.

Arvind Kejriwal opposes a second Rs 10 cr defamation suit in Delhi High Court.

Aam Aadmi Party national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Monday opposed a second Rs 10 crore defamation suit against him brought by Union Minister Arun Jaitley in the Delhi High Court over the use of an “objectionable” word by his former lawyer Ram Jethmalani.

Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal claimed before Justice Manmohan that he had never instructed his former counsel to use any scandalous words against Jaitley during recording of his evidence.

Jaitley had filed the second defamation suit after Jethmalani allegedly “abused” him in the open court during the proceedings of the original defamation suit he had filed against the AAP chief and five other party functionaries.

The chief minister, however, maintained that apart from the ground of “absolute privilege, the present suit is also barred by Section 126 of the Indian Evidence Act”.

“The statement, upon which the suit is based on alleged defamatory imputations made by the senior advocate (without any oath), allegedly on the instructions of the defendant (Kejriwal), which he could not have disclosed,” Kejriwal said in his written statement filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava.

Section 126 of the Evidence Act bars disclosure of any professional communication between an advocate and his client including instructions given by the client in relation to his case.

During the cross-examination of the minister on May 17 last year before Joint Registrar in the Delhi High Court, Jethmalani had used a term Jaitley found objectionable.

The second suit filed through advocate Manik Dogra has said that the minister enjoyed a reputation of honesty and probity and had sacrificed large professional earnings in order to undertake public service.

The AAP leaders had accused the BJP leader of corruption during the latter’s term as president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA)—that the minister held from 2000 to 2013.

Jaitley, who had denied all allegations levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal and five other leaders of his party, claiming they had made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation. PTI