Delhi court summons Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for alleged false affidavit

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A magistrate court in Delhi on Tuesday summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly giving false information in an affidavit filed just before 2013 assembly elections in the national capital.

News agency PTI report quoted Metropolitan Magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria as saying that the Delhi chief minister he had prima facie “willfully concealed” and “suppressed” the details.

The AAP leader has been asked to appear before the court on 30 July as the judge felt that there was “sufficient ground” to proceed against him on the allegations that he had concealed his correct address and suppressed the market value of his property in his affidavit given before the Election Commission.

“There is sufficient material on record to summon accused Arvind Kejriwal for offences punishable under section 125-A of the Representation of People Act, 1951, section 31 of the Representation of People Act, 1950 and section 177 of Indian Penal Code committed by him before holding the office of Chief Minister of Delhi. Thus let summons be issued to accused Arvind Kejriwal… returnable on July 30,” the court said.

It said that the allegation against Kejriwal that he falsely gave the address of Delhi so as to qualify for contesting the polls in the Capital while he was living in Ghaziabad, “prima facie amounts to willful concealment and suppression and also furnishing of false information and thus there is sufficient ground for proceeding against the accused Arvind Kejriwal under section 31 of RP Act.”

“The factum of concealment of proper address by giving improper address so that the proper/correct address remains untraceable and also giving improper valuation of the said same property prima facie amounts to wilful concealment and suppression and also furnishing of false information and thus there is sufficient ground for proceeding against accused Arvind Kejriwal under section 125-A of the RP Act and section 177 (furnishing false information) of IPC,” PTI quoted the judge.

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