NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court today closed the Election Commission’s right to reply to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea against the poll panel’s order to lodge an FIR against him for his alleged bribery remark at poll rallies in Goa on January 7-8 last year, noting that the EC failed to do so despite repeated opportunities.
The court had earlier also noted that despite repeated opportunities, the EC had not filed its response.
Justice VK Rao, after closing the Election Commission’s (EC) right to file a response today, listed the matter for further hearing on February 2 next year.
The poll panel’s lawyer had earlier orally told the court that only a complaint case against Mr Kejriwal was pending in a Goa court for his alleged bribery remarks, but no FIR has been lodged as was directed by EC to the state’s Chief Electoral Officer.
Addressing a series of rallies in Goa, Kejriwal had reportedly asked voters to “accept money from the Congress and BJP candidates but vote for the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)”.