Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Raghav Chadha on Thursday moved to the Delhi High Court challenging the Lok Sabha Poll Results of South Delhi Lok Sabha Seat of the national capital. Raghav Chadha had contested the national polls from the Lok Sabha constituency and lost to BJP‘s sitting MP Ramesh Bidhuri.
The petition filed by Chadha claimed that Ramesh Bidhiri had concealed his ‘criminal antecedents’.
Chadha, in the petition, alleged that Bidhuri had concealed the fact that “an FIR had been lodged against him at the Qazi Mohammadpur police station in Bihar”, in a case related to making a derogatory speech against people from the state and the Purvanchal region.
It further alleged that BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri has falsely declared his income and those of his spouse as well as of his dependant in his poll affidavit.
AAP Leader through his plea urged the Court to declare Ramesh Bidhuri’s election to the Delhi South Parliamentary Seat ‘Void’ and Chadha the winner, who ended up second in the tally.
The matter may be taken up on Friday. The election of the BJP candidate Ramesh Bidhuri is vitiated by the corrupt practices of undue influence,” Chadha said as quoted by India Today.
However, this is not the first time that he has raised this issue. Earlier before the polls, AAP Nominee from Delhi South filed a 60-page writ petition challenging the decision of the returning officer. He has requested the Delhi HC to cancel his nomination and blamed returning Returning Officer of accepting the nomination forms despite having shortcomings.
Chadha in its petition said that Bidhuri has concealed crucial information including pending criminal cases against him. In a 60-page writ petition filed against BJP sitting MP, it is alleged that he has ‘intentionally and deliberately’ concealed.
Bharatiya Janata Party MP candidate from South Delhi Ramesh Bidhuri in his reply to Returning Officer on objections raised over his nomination affidavit, stated,’ At time of filing of nomination had no knowledge of registration of FIR against me, Will comply with EC norm to the intimate public through media’.