HC issues notice to kejriwal, bharti for election expenses…

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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notices to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Law Minister Somnath Bharti on separate pleas of two BJP leaders seeking to declare their election as void on the ground that they exceeded the poll expense limit of Rs 14 lakh each.

A bench of justice Vipin Sanhi sought the response from Mr. Kejriwal on the election petition of former Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta.

Another bench of justice G S Sistani issued notice to the law minister on the plea of BJP leader and former Delhi mayor Arti Mehra, who alleged that Mr. Bharti did not comply with the provisions of the Representation of People Act (RP Act) and had spent more than Rs 14 lakh during his election campaign in the Malviya Nagar Assembly seat.

The courts, asked the Aam Aadmi Party leaders to file their responses within four weeks and fixed the matters for hearing on February 25.

During the hearing, Satyapal Jain and Rajeev Ranjan Raj, appearing for BJP leaders, cited various related provisions of the RPAct .

The BJP leaders have said in their petition that Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Bharti had indulged in corrupt practices and incurred huge expenditure of nearly Rs 94.80 lakh during campaigning by organising a rock show “Jeet Ki Gunj, Vote for Change” on November 23, 2013 at Jantar Mantar, after filing their poll nomination.

Similar allegations have been made by Mehra against Mr. Bharti.

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