The Delhi High Court rejected to entertain a public interest litigation petition on Tuesday. The PIL sought a higher level of inquiry against the Aam Admi Party (AAP) and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. The petition claimed that they had links with Khalistani separatists.
The division bench included Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghi and Justice Navin Chawla. It was exclaimed by them that such petitions are completely frivolous and shouldn’t be paid heed to.
“In your petition, you say that the authorities are cognisant of the letter of erstwhile Chief Minister of Punjab. Where is the question of us directing anything then? Please do not file such frivolous petitions,” the bench remarked.
Congress leader Jagdish Sharma had filed the plea to seek an investigation into the allegations. His plea also claimed that he had taken funds from the banned Khalistani organization named for Sikhs For Justice (SFJ). It sought suspension of AAP’s recognition and demanded to impose a ban on it for contesting any elections until the inquiry is completed.
The letter written by former Punjab Chief Minister Charanjeet Singh Channi was also referred to. It said that leveling the same allegations and Kumar Vishwas’ statement on the same lines.
“That before the few days of election the speculation of funding by these separatist groups to Aam Aadmi Party and connection of these groups to Delhi CM Shri Arvind Kejriwal turned into reality when the close ally, a friend of Shri Arvind Kejriwal and founding member of Aam Aadmi Party Shri Kumar Vishwas announced the connection of Shri Arvind Kejriwal with above-mentioned separatist groups,” the petition said.
Moreover, considering the seriousness of the letter, Union Home Minister Amit Shah wrote to Channi assuring him of a thorough investigation.
Advocate Rudra V Singh, who was appearing for the petitioner, said that despite the assurance and despite the Prime Minister’s expression on his concerns on the issue, no action was been taken on the letter.