The Delhi High Court today asked the Union government, Election Commission & Delhi Government to file a response to a petition filed by 11 people seeking to file nomination papers from New Delhi assembly constituency. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is also contesting from the same assembly constituency.
On January 28, the high court had dismissed the plea of the 11 petitioners stating that petition was not maintainable due to the bar on court’s jurisdiction in electoral matters under Art 329(b) of the Constitution of India and Section 100 of the Representation of People Act, 1951.
11 people had claimed that the Election officer at Jam Nagar allowed out of turn entry of Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to fill the nomination papers. They mentioned that they were deprived of their constitutional right to file their nomination papers for Delhi Assembly Polls, guaranteed to them under Articles 5 and 173 of the Constitution, thus alleging the actions/inactions of the Election Officer to be wrongful, illegal, arbitrary, unconstitutional and malafide.
The next hearing for the matter is scheduled on February 6, 2020.