SC issues notice to UP Govt, stays court proceedings against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas in 2014 criminal case

27 October 2016, 12:29 PM
A file photo of AAP leader Kumar Vishwas with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.
A file photo of AAP leader Kumar Vishwas with Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal.

The Supreme Court issued notice on Thursday to the Uttar Pradesh government and stayed court proceedings against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas in connection with a criminal case. 

The Supreme Court was hearing a plea filed by both the leaders challenging the summons issued to them by a lower court.

The counsel for AAP leaders had mentioned the matter for urgent hearing before a bench headed by Justice AR Dave, which listed the plea for hearing on Thursday. 

During the last Lok Sabha elections, an FIR was lodged by the assistant election officer on April 20, 2014, against Kejriwal and Vishwas under sections including 143 (punishment for unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in discharge of public functions), 341 (wrongful restraint),353, 171G (false statement in connection with an election) of IPC. 

The petitioners had challenged the summons in Allahabad high court on grounds including that they had all the requisite permissions for a rally and there was no prohibitory order in force at the time of alleged offence. 

They had also told the court that the local administration and police had filed frivolous complaints against them to cause impediments in their election campaign in Gauriganj area of Amethi district. 

The charge sheet was filed on April 13, 2016 and on October 7, the court of additional chief judicial magistrate, Sultanpur, issued summons against them.

First Published: Thursday, October 27, 2016 12:25 PM
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