High Court rejects PIL against Kejriwal
The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused to entertain a PIL against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal that alleged in his pre-election declaration he "suppressed the actual figures of property owned by him".
A division bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw disposed of the public interest litigation (PIL) filed by NGO Maulik Bharat Trust and asked it to approach a proper forum.
"The proper forum to approach is the magistrate not the high court. Go before the magistrate, that is the remedy provided as per law," the court said.
The bench also said as per the Supreme Court judgment, high court cannot hear PIL on election.
The PIL said that in an affidavit filed before the Election Commission, Kejriwal did not disclose the actual value of his property "to ensure he is not perceived as someone who possesses crores of rupees".
It claimed that Kejriwal conducted "blatant illegalities" in the affidavit by hiding his "correct socio-economic stature".
All the candidates filing nomination papers are required to file with the Election Commission an affidavit with details of the value of property and any investment they have made.
(Posted on 22-01-2014)