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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung wrote a letter to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, asking him to send the “panel of names” of candidates for Lokayukta’s post in the capital. The post has been vacant since November 2013.

Kejriwal-and-Jung-700In the letter, which was delivered to the Chief Minister’s Office, Jung has asked Kejriwal to send the list of candidates without delay, as the final candidate for the post will only be finalised after the President’s approval.

The letter stated: “In view of the provisions in law and the previous two communications from this secretariat, it is imperative that a panel of names is sent to this secretariat without any further delay, for formal consultation with the leader of opposition and chief justice of Delhi High Court.”

The Delhi High Court had said earlier that it would be “better” if the government appointed the Lokayukta quickly, in reply to which the Delhi government had told the court that it was “firmly committed to implementing the Lokayukta Act.”

The Delhi Lokayukta and Uplokayukta Act 1995, stats that the anti-corruption ombudsman is appointed after consultations with the chief justice of high court and the leader of opposition in the legislative assembly.

Jung said: “The above appointment has been much delayed and this secretariat reminded the government of NCT Delhi on three occasions, the latest being August 28,2015. I will proceed in the matter as soon as I have formally received a panel of names from the government of NCT Delhi.”

Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly and BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, also criticised the AAP government over the issue.

Gupta alleged that the government had decided to offer the post of Lokayukta to Law Commission Chairman Justice A P Shah, without discussing with him and had then taken the matter to the high court; later Justice A P Shah declined the AAP government’s offer.

Gupta said that on August 22, in a communication, the CM had asked him about his choices for the post of Lokayukta; he claimed that the controversy over the government’s proposal of appointing one without his consultation, had forced Kejriwal to take his opinion.

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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)