New Delhi: An advocate, who filed a criminal complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal accusing him of abetting bribery, on Wednesday moved an application seeking summoning of poll officials as witnesses in the case.
Arun Kumar, a lawyer at the Tis Hazari courts, accused Kejriwal of abetting bribery by asking voters to take bribes from the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party but to vote for the Aam Aadmi Party.
He requested Metropolitan Magistrate Babru Bhan to issue summons to officials of the Election Commission as complainant witnesses with notices that it issued to Kejriwal, asking him to desist from making such comments.
The court has put the matter for December 4 for consideration of his application.
The lawyer has contended that Kejriwal, despite knowing that bribery was a crime, instigated voters to take money.
He had said Kejriwal made the statement at a public rally on January 18 at Uttam Nagar and then again on January 22 at Krishna Nagar.
The Election Commission had issued three notices to Kejriwal, asking him to desist from making such comments.
The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.
“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.
His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.
The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.
“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.
Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.
“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.
Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”
He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.
A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.
The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.