Court to hear arguments on charge against BJP MP Kirti Azad
A Delhi court said it would hear on December 18 the arguments on framing of charges against former cricketer Kirti Azad, BJP MP from Darbhanga in Bihar, for alleged violation of the model code of conduct.
New Delhi: A Delhi court today said it would
hear on December 18 the arguments on framing of charges
against former cricketer Kirti Azad, BJP MP from Darbhanga in
Bihar, for alleged violation of the model code of conduct
during 2003 assembly polls here.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Ajay Pandey also
allowed the plea of Azad seeking exemption from personal
appearance in the court in the case.
"The MP is exempted from personal appearance before this
court till the arguments on charge concludes", the court said
while fixing the matter for hearing on December 18.
The court, however, refused to grant permanent exemption
from personal appearance during future proceedings.
The cricketer-turned-politician has been booked in 2004
under section 171H (illegal payment in connection with
elections) of the IPC.
It was alleged that Azad, whose wife Poonam had contested
the assembly election as a BJP candidate against Delhi Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit, distributed bags among voters in Gole
Market constituency here.
According to the prosecution, the bags belonged to the
Indian Tourism Development Corporation and their distribution
amounted to violation of the model code of conduct.
Jagmohan was the then Tourism minister in NDA government
in which BJP was the lead constituent.