AAP flays BJP-led government in Goa over FIR filed against Arvind Kejriwal in bribery case
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today accused the BJP-led government in Goa of pressuring election officials to file an FIR against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with his bribery remarks.
The Judicial Magistrate First Class (JMFC) in Mapusa has issued a notice to Kejriwal, who is also AAP national convener, on a complaint filed against him for his bribery remarks made during the Goa assembly polls held last year.
The next hearing in the case is due on February 8.
The complaint was lodged by local Election Commission officials with the police in Mapusa town, 9km from here.
Goa AAP convener Elvis Gomes told reporters that election officials had filed the FIR against Kejriwal under pressure from the BJP-led government.
He recalled the Election Commission of India (ECI) had issued directives to its local officials in this regard.
“We (AAP) had filed a petition against the directives before the Delhi High Court, which is still being heard.
“During a hearing in November last year, the lawyer representing the ECI had submitted that an FIR had already been filed against Kejriwal,” Gomes said.
“But when we sought information under the RTI, we got the reply that none of the police station has filed the FIR. At least …read more