Court to consider ATR on Jan 31 on plea against Kejriwal, IAC



New Delhi: A court here on Tuesday fixed January 31 next for consideration on an Action Taken Report filed by Delhi Police on a plea for lodging an FIR against NGO 'India Against Corruption' and its three members for allegedly making "defamatory" allegations against President Pranab Mukherjee.

Metropolitan Magistrate Ambika Singh put up the matter for consideration on the ATR after the police submitted it in the court. However, the contents of the ATR were not known.

The court had earlier directed the police to file an ATR on the plea by Rajiv Khosla who has alleged that IAC member Arvind Kejriwal had levelled abusive and frivolous allegations against President Mukherjee during their demonstration here in support of the Janlokpal Bill.

In his plea, Khosla alleged Kejriwal, IAC and its two other members Manish Sisodia and Gopal Rai, had started their demonstration on July 25 this year, the day Mukherjee was sworn in as the President of India.

He had also referred to media reports saying that when Mukherjee was sworn in as President, Kejriwal had made an "open statement" against his integrity.

"It is pertinent to mention here that the said statement made by one of the IAC members was not an end in itself but an initiation of baseless, abusive, defamatory, malafide and frivolous allegations against the President," Khosla had said in his petition.

He said that during the demonstration, he found that the IAC members distributed pamphlets in which the corruption charges were levelled against the President.

He had also claimed he had filed a complaint against them at Parliament Street police station here on July 27 but no FIR has been lodged against them despite his "best efforts to get his complaint investigated."

PTI