New Delhi: Hours before AAP’s 2015 Jan Lokpal bill was tabled in Delhi Assembly, Opposition BJP’s two MLAs were evicted out of the House and the Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav detained by police allegedly on the orders of the Speaker.
Having termed ruling AAP’s 2015 ombudsman bill “mahajokepal”, the Swaraj Abhiyan on Sunday challenged Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to a public debate on the Jan Lokpal Bill.
“Swaraj Abhiyan challenges the Delhi chief minister for an open debate with Prashant Bhushan on their Jan Lokpal Bill,” Swaraj Abhiyan, founded by former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav, said in a statement.
“We hope that Arvind Kejriwal stops misguiding the common people through lies and false propaganda and accepts the challenge for a healthy debate in the interest of transparency and common people of Delhi,” it added.
Post triple-talaq settlement, the Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan said that now attention should be given to other real serious issues of Muslims
Apex court should stop the abandoning of women without divorce
More attention should be given to the serious issues such as educational inequality, discrimination in jobs and housing, and framing innocent Muslim youth with terror charges
New Delhi, August 23, 2017: The Yogendra Yadav-led Swaraj Abhiyan on Tuesday said with the triple talaq issue settled, now attention should be paid to the “real” issues concerning Muslims such as education, discrimination in jobs and habitation etc.
The Swaraj Abhiyan, while welcoming the Supreme Court decision banning instant divorce in one sitting by Muslim men, added that now anti-women rights practices in other religions, such as abandoning women without divorcing them, should also stop.
“We believe triple talaq is not only unconstitutional and inhuman, it is also un-Islamic. We hope that with the legal wrangle settled, now the country’s attention will go towards other big problems of the Muslim community,” the party said in a statement.
“Today, the Muslims across India are living in fear. It is high time that Muslim leaders and the so-called ‘secular’ parties paid attention to real serious issues like educational inequality, discrimination in jobs and housing, and framing innocent Muslim youth with terror charges,” it said.
The party also said that as the apex court had set aside the triple talaq, in the same spirit discriminatory practices against women in other religions, such as abandoning women without divorce, should also stop. (IANS)
The court had directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before the court on 8 August
Criminal defamation complaint filed against the two AAP leaders
Articles in leading newspapers carried defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons
New Delhi, August 12, 2017: In a criminal defamation complaint the Delhi court on 8 August has fixed August 23 as the date for framing charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia. Pranjal Aneja, Metropolitan Magistrate, was scheduled to frame charges on 8 August but was on a leave that day.
Earlier, the court had directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before the court on 8 August. Though Kejriwal and Sisodia sought exemption stating that they have to attend the four-day Monsoon session of Delhi Assembly, Yadav was there in the court.
The court on August 2 had passed the order on framing of notice (charge) on the criminal defamation complaint filed against the two AAP leaders, who sought to quash of the plea and Yadav by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma (was denied ticket by the AAP).Yadav was a member of the National Executive of the AAP until 2015, after which he was expelled for alleged anti-party activities. Later, he formed his own party called Swaraj India.
Surender Kumar Sharma, in his complaint, had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services. He filled up the application form to contest for the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket. However, the ticket was later denied to him.
On October 14, 2013, the complainant claimed, articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which in turn have lowered his reputation in the Bar as well as the society.
Opposing to the complaint, the AAP leaders had submitted that cancellation or allotment of an election ticket is the decision of the party only and gave a reasoning that the complainant had not divulged correct information regarding the cases pending against him.
On the basis of this complaint, the trial court had earlier sought their presence before it in the matter. It, however, had granted bail to Kejriwal, Sisodia, and Yadav, after they had appeared before it in pursuance to summonses against them.
The court has said in the order that the contentions on behalf of accused persons do not sustain and it proceeded to frame notice under the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) against them.
The summonses were issued on the complaint under – sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the trial court saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused.
While issuing summonses against AAP leaders, according to PTI report, the trial court had said, “The press release published in newspapers, as well as testimonies of witnesses, reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society.” The Delhi High Court had earlier refused to stay the trial court proceedings in the case.
– prepared by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08
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AAP has taken down the list of donations from its website since June 2016 which coincided with the party receiving 3 notices from Income Tax Department asking for an explanation of certain discrepancies
New Delhi, Dec 24, 2016: Four years back on 26 November, Aam Aadmi Party was formed to bring about a change in the system, promising people that they would be a common man’s party unlike other parties in the country.
The origin of the Aam Aadmi Party was in the India Against Corruption movement that was organised by Anna Hazare. Arvind Kejriwal and other social activists joined Team Anna, the anti-corruption movement for a Jan Lokpal Bill that gained huge momentum in the country during 2011 and 2012.
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Today, after four years Anna Hazare questions the Delhi CM as to how the AAP leader forgot the principles based on which the party was formed. The party promised that it will run only on people’s donation and not from any individual or organisation having vested interest. The party also promised that they would put up the list of their donors on their website.
Aam Aadmi Party has taken down the list of donations from its website since June 2016 which coincided with the party receiving 3 notices from Income Tax Department asking for an explanation of certain discrepancies. The notice states, “The donation entries in the AAP website don’t match the Election Commission records, please furnish documentary evidence to explain the issue.”
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Since six months, the page of the donor’s list on their website is “under construction” while the party is blaming other parties for not being financially transparent. Hazare supporting Dr Munish Raizada’s Chanda Bandh Satyagraha says, “ If one wishes to bring a positive change to his country, then there is a need of strong leadership.” He further adds, Kejriwal has promised the countrymen and me that he will bring a positive change in the society but if feels sad to see that the promise has not been fulfilled yet.”
Dr Munish Kumar Raizada is a medical doctor and a suspended member of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). He had quit his medical career in USA and devoted time to the party from 2013 to 2015 in India.