A Delhi court has allowed a youth to lead pre-summoning evidence in support of his complaint against activists Arvind Kejriwal, Prashant Bhushan and yoga guru Ramdev for making allegedly objectionable remarks against Members of Parliament and supporting plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir.
Metropolitan Magistrate Purshotam Pathak allowed Vibhor Anand, a law student, to lead pre-summoning evidence in support of his allegations while dismissing his plea seeking registration of FIR for the offence of sedition against Bhushan, Ramdev and Kejriwal.
"The application for seeking a direction to produce the accused before the court and the application for seeking a direction to seize the entire objectionable material/evidence against the accused, is dismissed. The present application under section 156(3) CrPC (for directions for registration of FIR) is treated as a complaint under section 200 CrPC (examination of complainant).
"The complainant is granted liberty to lead pre summoning evidence. Put up for pre summoning evidence," the MM ordered.
The court dismissed Anand's plea for an FIR saying he did not approach the higher authorities of the police with his complaint and also no investigation was required warranting police intervention as the evidence was within the reach of the complainant with the alleged remarks being public in nature.
Anand had in his complaint said Kejriwal had triggered a political storm by stating at a rally in Ghaziabad early this year by allegdely casting aspersions against MPs.
Anand had also sought registration of an FIR against Bhushan on charges of sedition for his alleged remarks supporting plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and for withdrawal of the Army from the Kashmir Valley.
He had also made a similar complaint against Ramdev saying "he had made derogatory allegations against parliamentarians who are running the system of the country and attacked MPs calling them dacoits and murderers, which amounts to sedition".