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Kejriwal moves HC to quash ‘bribery’ FIR

Kejriwal moves HC to quash ‘bribery’ FIR

13 Nov 2017 No comment 17 hits

New Delhi: Arguing that his fundamental right to free speech has been curbed by the Election Commission, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday moved the high court seeking to quash an FIR lodged on the directions of the election watchdog in Goa earlier this year.

"The EC orders are a gross violation of the petitioner's fundamental rights and are arbitrary, vindictive and politically motivated, apart from being fundamentally against the assigned functionality of EC as a free and fair election body," Kejriwal argued in his plea on which HC sought the EC's response.

Justice Indermeet Kaur, while asking the commission to clear its stand by February 2, wondered why the petitioner approached court so late, since the FIR was lodged on January 30 as per EC's directions.

The EC by its January 29 order had directed the chief electoral officer of Goa to lodge an FIR against Kejriwal for his remarks about bribes made at poll rallies in the state on January 7-8.

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