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Court questions Atishi Marlena's right to file plea against Gautam Gambhir

"Even if he wins, people of East Delhi should not be saddled with an MP who has no chance of survival in the near future," Atishi said

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

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AAP's East Delhi candidate Atishi Marlena

A court Wednesday asked AAP's Lok Sabha candidate from East Delhi, Marlena, to prove her locus standi for filing a petition against her BJP rival for allegedly enrolling as a voter in two assembly segments.

directed the (AAP) leader to file more documents to prove her locus standi (the right to bring an action or to appear in a court) after her said there was a "prima facie" case against Gambhir.

"How you are affected by this? If he has committed any wrong, what's your locus," the court asked.

Karuna Nundy, appearing for Marlena, told the court that Gambhir was a "dead man walking. He is not eligible to vote and will be disqualified as a candidate".

"Even if he wins, people of East should not be saddled with an who has no chance of survival in the near future. Voters should not be made to suffer," she told the court.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on May 6, six days before goes to polls.

The plea, filed by on Thursday, alleged that Gambhir has enrolled "deliberately" and "illegally" as a voter in Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar assembly segments.

The petition further alleged that Gambhir has provided false information in his nomination papers, accompanying affidavit and other documents preceding voter screening and registration in order to be seen as qualified to contest elections and potentially secure membership of the parliament.

Marlena has said in the plea that the details of Gambhir's registration in the constituencies were available online on the Election Commission's National Voters' Service Portal.

The plea has sought directions to the to investigate offences under sections 17 and 31 of the Representation of People Act (RPA), 1950, and section 125A (penalty for filing false affidavit) of RPA, 1951.

Section 17 of the RPA, provides that no person is entitled to be enrolled as a voter in more than one constituency and its violation is a criminal offence punishable with maximum of one year imprisonment.

Section 31 of the Act makes false declaration in the matter of inclusion or exclusion of voter rolls punishable with up to one year in prison.

"It is clear that the Gambhir has made and continues to provide false information/statements/declarations to the relevant authorities like the of India in order to obtain and retain enrolments as a voter in two constituencies," the plea alleged.

Both Marlena and Gambhir filed their nomination papers last week.

First Published: Wed, May 01 2019. 17:55 IST
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