Court to hear Kejriwal bribery remark in September

New Delhi, July 28 (IANS) A court here on Tuesday said it will hear in September a complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for asking voters to take bribes from other parties but vote for his AAP in the assembly elections.

Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan fixed September 10 to hear the case, in which Delhi Police are yet to file a status report.

The court adjourned the hearing due to Delhi district court lawyers’ indefinite strike against the delay in passage of an amended bill in parliament on enhancement of pecuniary jurisdiction of trial courts.

The complaint, filed by Ikrant Sharma, alleges that making such a statement was not only against the model code of conduct but also amounted to criminal offence because Kejriwal was promoting and instigating the public to accept bribes from erring politicians.

“Thus, the accused (Kejriwal) was not only promoting the offence but also spreading this message among the public. Hence, the act of the accused comes under the definition of criminal offences as mentioned in the Indian Penal Code,” he said in his complaint filed in February.

Sharma has requested the court to summon, try and prosecute Kejriwal and also direct Delhi Police to register a case against him.

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