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Kejriwal team should have people of strong character: Anna Hazare

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New Delhi: In view of CBI’s raid against Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, anti-corruption crusader and social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday pulled up the AAP supremo for not showing due diligence while appointing officials at key positions in his office.

Hazare also opined that the Centre should have taken action earlier over the alleged complaints against the official.

“This incident (alleged corruption) did not happen during the tenure of Arvind (Kejriwal). The BJP didn’t do anything in the past one and a half years (about this case). Action (against Rajendra Kumar) should have been taken back then,” Hazare said in Ralegan Siddhi.

The social activist cautioned Kejriwal to have people with strong character around him in view of his anti-corruption campaign.

“From the beginning, Arvind has been fighting against corruption. I have always told him that ‘you should have people with strong character around you’. Before appointing someone as principal secretary, he should have checked his background,” Hazare said.

Meanwhile, Kejriwal on Wednesday said that the CBI seized documents that had “no relation” to the allegations being probed against Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar.

The CBI conducted the raid on Tuesday.

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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.

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