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AAP Lokpal, worse than Jokepal, says Prashant Bhushan

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New Delhi: Rebel AAP leader Prashant Bhushan slammed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for the Lokpal bill. He claimed that the Delhi government’s new Janlokpal bill is different from what was drafted during Anna Hazare-led anti-corruption movement.

The Swaraj Abhiyan leader further added that as AAP had called UPA’s Lokpal bill as Jokepal, this bill is even worse than that. AAP has designed it to fail, he said.

According to Delhi government’s new bill, the appointment and removal of the independent ombudsman will be done by the state government.

Bhushan said that this is a tactical move by Kejriwal as he is playing grounds for another face off with the center government.

He said that all power of appointment and removal is with state government and AAP knows that the center government won’t let it pass and then AAP will create another fiasco that BJP and PM Modi is not letting them work.

Swaraj Abhiyan leader, and a founding member of AAP, Yogendra Yadav also criticized it and called it betrayal with the public. Bhushan demanded that Kejriwal should resign.

He said that the Lokpal will be chosen by Chief Minister, Speaker, Leader of the Opposition and Chief Justice of Delhi, which mean two out of four are from ruling party, three from the political class and, as a result, power will be with government only. He said that our fight was about the appointment and removal of the Lokpal should be free from political interference.

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  • Rakesh Manchanda

    Original was Jan Lokpal and not Joker Pal or Dhooka Pal.

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BJP Member Files Defamation Complaint Against Arvind Kejriwal

“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said

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Delhi's Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.

A BJP member Rajesh Kumar has filed a defamation complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for tweeting objectional comments against his party men.

The complaint was filed before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal, who has listed the matter for a hearing on May 16.

Kumar, who claimed to be convenor of legal cell of Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) Purvanchal Morcha in Delhi, told the court that he was shocked to see a tweet by Kejriwal saying that BJP members kept roaming around the country and raping Hindu girls.

“The accused (Kejriwal) has successfully dented the reputation of the complainant in particular and his party,” Kumar said in his complaint.

According to Kumar, he came across the tweet on September 30, 2018 and wanted to lodge a complaint immediately, but did not believing that the people would not take it seriously.

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Arvind Kejriwal’s party seems to be in trouble after the EC recommended disqualification of 20 of its MLAs. Wikimedia Commons

However, during Hanuman Jayanti celebrations in his society in April, one lady on realising that he was a BJP leader, taunted him citing the tweet.

There were several such incidents when the complainant had to face embarassment due to the “utterly irresponsible and defamatory tweet by Kejriwal, who holds such high position”, said Kumar in his plea.

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“The tweet has not only defamed me but crores of other BJP members and the accused cannot be permitted to go scot-free for such an offence,” the complainant said.

He has requested the court to issue summons against Kejriwal under provisions of the Indian Penal Code and the Information Technology Act dealing with defamation and promoting enmity between different groups. (IANS)