Allahabad: The Allahabad High Court today dismissed a petition by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leader Kumar Vishwas challenging summons issued by a lower court in connection with a criminal case.
Passing the order, Justice Aditya Nath Mittal of the Lucknow bench said, “For the facts and circumstances mentioned above, I do not find any sufficient ground to interfere in the present matter. I also do not find any sufficient ground to quash the entire criminal proceedings of case No.216 of 2016. The petition lacks merit, deserves to be dismissed. The petition is, therefore, dismissed.”
On October 21,the court had reserved its order.
Petitioner’s counsel Onkar Pandey said during the Lok Sabha elections, an FIR was lodged by the assistant election officer on April 20, 2014, against Kejriwal and Vishwas for allegedly making provocative speeches 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.
Both the petitioners challenged the proceedings of this case.
On behalf of the state government, additional government advocate Shivanath Tilahari opposed the petition.