Panaji: A court in Goa issued a summons to AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday, directing him to appear on November 29 in an alleged case of violating the model code of conduct. The local unit of the Aam Aadmi Party acknowledged receiving the summons but was unaware of the details of the criminal case against the Delhi chief minister.
According to court sources, the case is registered under the Representation of the People Act and section 171 (E) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which deals with bribery. The Judicial Magistrate First Class at Mapusa issued the summons. AAP Goa chief Amit Palekar stated they received the summons a day before Kejriwal is supposed to appear before the court. "It looks like the charge sheet was filed in 2018. We do not know the details of the case," he said.
Palekar, also a lawyer, mentioned that he will appear in court on Kejriwal's behalf on Wednesday. "We will get documents and then take a call on whether to challenge the proceedings in a higher court," he added. AAP contested Goa assembly elections in 2017 and 2022. In 2017, it did not secure any seats, while in 2022, it won two seats.