Mumbai court acquits Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in 2014 Lok Sabha rally case

The complaint against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was filed in March after AAP carried out a political rally in Mumbai’s Mankhurd to campaign before the general elections

Mumbai court acquits Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal in 2014 Lok Sabha rally case

Before Lok Sabha elections in 2014, current Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal carried out a political rally without prior permission of the police in Mumbai’s Mankhurd. The Aam Admi Party (AAP) supremo was booked under several provisions of Maharashtra Police Act along with activist Medha Patkar, and Meera Sanyal for carrying out a rally without permission. However, a Mumbai court on Friday acquitted Kejriwal and others in this matter.

While hearing the case, Metropolitan Magistrate PK Deshpande acquitted Kejriwal along with others and said that the rally was carried out after the police failed to provide them with a written permission refusing them to carry out a rally. In Mumbai’s Mankhurd north-east area, AAP candidates Meera Sanyal and Medha Patkar carried out the rally to campaign for their political party for the general elections 2014.  

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Mumbai Police had claimed that the rally was unspecified and the traffic police were organised without necessary clearance from the police. In March 2014, a complaint was registered against Kejriwal and others in suburban Mankhurd police station. Kejriwal, Sanyal and others accused were present in the court on Friday, while Patkar remained absent.

However, Mumbai Police claimed that the rally which was carried out was “illegal” and the permission was not taken from the traffic police. The complaint against Kejriwal and others was filed in March at Mankhurd Police station. In the hearing on Friday, Sanyal and Kejriwal were present while Patkar was absent.

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