Delhi metropolitan magistrate Snigdha Sarvaria on Tuesday summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to appear in court 30 July for allegedly giving false information in an affidavit for the 2013 Delhi assembly elections. The magistrate said he wilfully concealed and suppressed details and there are sufficient grounds to prosecute him.
The case relates to an affidavit the Aam Aadmi Party leader had filed before the 2013 Delhi assembly elections that the party went on to win. However, the government it formed then lasted just 49 days.
The AAP has described this summons as a legal issue and said it will be handled in court, according to the Hindustan Times.
The case was filed by Neeraj Saxena on behalf of the NGOMaulik Bharat Trust, which said that Kejriwal had concealed his correct address and suppressed the market value of his Kaushambi property in his affidavit.
The NGO said that Kejriwal showed himself as a Delhi resident in his affidavit, though he was a resident of Kaushambi, a township in Uttar Pradesh just beyond Delhi.
The court said there is sufficient material on record to make Kejriwal an accused for offences under the representation of people act and the Indian Penal Code. Under the IPC, Kejriwal could face a maximum of two years' imprisonment for falsifying information in an affidavit.