The Delhi High Court on Monday sought response from the Centre, the Delhi government and the Election Commission on a petition seeking de-recognition of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The petition alleged that AAP used government funds to promote Ganesh Chaturthi, which is against the Constitution of a secular country.
Chief Justice D.N. Patel and Justice Amit Bansal made it clear that it was sending the notice to the Centre, the Delhi government and the Election Commission and not the Chief Minister and other state ministers. The counsel sought time from the said parties to obtain directions and file their replies, after which the court fixed November 8 for further hearing in the matter.
Petitioner and advocate M.L. Sharma said he is requesting to derecognise AAP as a political party and direct removal of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other ministers from constitutional posts for allegedly deliberately violating the Constitution and the Representation of the People Act. has been done.
Senior advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the Delhi government, opposed it saying that this is a completely mischievous petition which has been filed as a public interest litigation. He said it should be rejected and heavy fine should be imposed.
He also said that the decision was taken to stop religious gatherings amid the COVID-19 pandemic and the Delhi government had banned the setting up of pandals to avoid crowding. He said that the Chief Minister had only requested the media to cover people from their residences to participate in the festival.
Mehra said that facilitating religious ceremonies by the government is not new and it is done every time during Kumbh Mela and Amarnath Yatra and it is the state’s grave duty to protect public health.
The petition said that the ‘AAP’-led Delhi government had organized Ganesh Chaturthi program on September 10 which was telecast live on television channels and said that the state religious ceremonies were held in accordance with the constitutional order laid down by the Supreme Court. cannot promote. India is a secular country and no government can be seen indulging in religious activities using public money.
The High Court had earlier dismissed Sharma’s plea seeking to declare illegal the move of the Delhi government to organize Ganesh Chaturthi and issue advertisements from the exchequer, saying the petition was filed in haste and without proper homework. and they were given liberty to file a fresh petition in the appropriate manner.