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Court to hear PIL against Arvind Kejriwal for making 'false promises'

Tuesday, 21 January 2014 - 9:56pm IST | Place: New Delhi | Agency: IANS

The Delhi High Court will Wednesday hear a public interest litigation (PIL) seeking directions to the CBI to register a case of cheating and corruption against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for misleading citizens of the national capital by making "false promises" in its manifesto for last December's assembly elections.

The case will come up for hearing before a division bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw.

The PIL was filed by advocate M.L. Sharma against the chief minister, Education Minister Manish Sisodia and the Aam Aadmi Party.

It is 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, the respondents (city government, Kejriwal, Sisodia and AAP) declared to impose no water bill for three months up to 700 litres but if consumption increases even by one litre, full charges are to be paid by the consumer," the plea said.

It noted that however, the announcement is for the limited number of consumers who have installed water metres for receiving supply.

"It is costing Rs.163 crore per month to the state exchequer," said the PIL, terming it a "criminal act" and holding 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.

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