New Delhi, Jan 2:
A public interest litigation was Thursday filed in the Delhi High Court seeking directions to the CBI to register a case of cheating and corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for misleading citizens by making “false promises in election manifesto”.
The case is likely to come up for hearing Jan 8 before a bench headed by Chief Justice N.V. Ramana.
The PIL was filed by advocate M.L. Sharma against the chief minister, Education Minister Manish Sisodia and the Aam Aadmi Party.
It alleged that they misled Delhi citizens by making false promises in the AAP election manifesto in their bid to enjoy power and benefits.
The plea said the court needs to decide the issue of false declaration by “misusing chief minister’s office for political gain amounted to corruption”.
It also questioned the AAP government’s statement on reducing electricity charge by 50 percent from Jan 1.
“On Dec 29, 2013, respondents (city government, Kejriwal, Sisodia and AAP) declared to impose no water bill for three month up to 700 litres but if consumption will increase even by one litre, full charges is to be paid by the consumer,” the plea said.
“However, it is for the limited consumer who has installed water meter for receiving supply. It is costing Rs.163 crore per month to the state exchequer.”
It said it was a “criminal act” and the AAP and its members were responsible for it.
It also said the AAP government failed to set up the Jan Lokpal by Dec 29 as promised in the poll manifesto.
The plea asked the court to decide as to whether making false declarations in the election manifesto to secure votes of the public amounted to cheating and criminal breach of trust.