According to a notice sent to Jakhar, Verma's lawyers have alleged that he (Jakhar), in an interview, had accused the BJP leader of distributing alcohol and cash among the voters of his constituency
New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) West Delhi MP and candidate for Lok Sabha election Parvesh Singh Verma has accused his political rival Balbir Singh Jakhar of AAP of 'character assassination' and a legal notice has also been sent to Jakhar.
The Bharatiya Janata Party leader has demanded an unconditional apology from Jakhar and has asked him to withdraw the false charges. In the notice, the lawyer also demands an amount of Rupee one for the baseless allegation made by AAP leader. If Jakhar fails in doing so then, Verma would initiate legal proceedings against him.
According to the notice, Verma's lawyers have alleged that Jakhar, in an interview, had accused the BJP leader of distributing alcohol and cash among the voters of his constituency.
As per the notice, Jakhar in the interview said, "based on my information, BJP is distributing alcohol among the poor to mislead them and influence them. BJP is also trying to distribute cash. I am going to write to the Election Commission to take note of this matter. Based on the information I have received, they have brought a truck of alcohol and Parvesh Vermaji has ordered many trucks of alcohol for the people of West Delhi."
Jakhar in the interview also said that he has written to the Election Commission to probe the matter. However, Verma's lawyer denied the charges and said that these baseless allegations amount to the criminal offence of defamation punishable under the Indian Penal Code 1860.
The notice sent by his lawyer says that it has now transpired that some harmful elements are taking recourse to the character assassination of my client on unfounded, frivolous, flimsy and specious basis.
No immediate reaction was available from Jakhar.
Verma is pitted against Jakhar and Congress' Mahabal Mishra for the seat which goes to polls on May 12 along with six other seats in the national capital.
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Last Updated May 11, 2019, 4:12 PM IST