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AAP chief Kejriwal a legitimate voter in Delhi, EC tells High Court

Arvind KejriwalNew Delhi, Feb 4,2015 (Agency)

The Election Commission Wednesday told the Delhi High Court that AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal's name was correctly enrolled in the electoral rolls in his New Delhi constituency.


It denied that the former Delhi chief minister's name was illegally included in the rolls in the constituency, where he is contesting assembly election due Saturday.


The Election Commission further told Justice Vibhu Bakhru that an objection was raised vis-a-vis Kejriwal's enrolment but the matter had been resolved.


The poll panel's lawyer told the court that Kejriwal's inclusion in the electoral rolls was correct.


The court heard pleas by Congress leader Kiran Walia and NGO Maulik Bharat Trust, questioning the legality of Kejriwal's candidature from New Delhi constituency as he was a resident of near Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.


Walia argued that Kejriwal should not be allowed to contest the election as his inclusion in the electoral rolls was incorrect.


The Election Commission's counsel also said that no changes can now be made to the electoral rolls as the final date of nominations were over. "Whatever objection was there, we have decided that."


The court asked the Commission to show the document and posted the matter to post lunch Wednesday.


Walia, who is contesting against Kejriwal from New Delhi, moved the high court saying the Aam Aadmi Party chief gave a wrong residential address in Delhi.


Walia accused Kejriwal of committing fraud by submitting a false affidavit to the Election Commission that he was a permanent resident of B.K. Dutt Colony.


The plea said Kejriwal, after stepping down as chief minister in February 2014, vacated the government accommodation at Tilak Lane and shifted to Girnar Apartments at Kaushambi in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh.


It said the Election Commission's decision to include Kejriwal's name in the final electoral rolls was illegal and unjustified as it facilitated an outsider to become a Delhi resident.


Voting for the 70-member Delhi assembly will take place Saturday. The votes will be counted Feb 10.

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