A BJP youth wing leader has sought Re 1 as damages from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party spokesperson Sanjay Singh. The civil defamation suit has been filed by the BJP member for allegedly projecting him as the person who assaulted former AAP minister Kapil Mishra. Ankit Bhardwaj, the state executive member of Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) in his plea had told the Tees Hazari court that since he has no knowledge of the valuable assets of the defendants (Kejriwal and Singh), he had demanded Re 1 as compensation, IE reported. The plea said, “That the plaintiff (Bhardwaj) assesses the damages at Rs one crore but has no knowledge of any valuable assets of the defendants. So the plaintiff limits his claim to Re 1.”
Earlier, Ankit Bhardwaj had filed a criminal defamation petition too against the AAP leaders for ‘wrongly taking’ his name in the media by describing him as the person who had assaulted Mishra on May 10. Mishra was on a dharna on May 10 when he was attacked. While Mishra was on a fast, a person named Ankit Bhardwaj allegedly slapped him. The attacker, it later turned out, was not the Ankit Bhardwaj of BJYM, but someone else. Bhardwaj’s complaint refers to his namesake (the assailant) as an AAP activist. He had reportedly sought an apology from both Kejriwal and Singh, but receiving no reply, Bharadwaj filed the case. The BJP member, in his suit, has alleged that Sanjay Singh showed his Facebook profile picture on different news channels and declared him as the accused. He even said that Kejriwal had re-tweeted a tweet which identifying him as the accused.
Ousted Aam Aadmi Party Minister Kapil Mishra had gone on a hunger strike asking the party to reveal details of foreign trips made by senior leaders, and on May 10, was allegedly attacked at his residence by a man who claimed to be an AAP volunteer. AAP leaders then alleged that this attacker was not a party worker but a member of the BJP. A screen grab of his Facebook profile, which was circulated by the AAP after the attack, showed that he was the State executive member of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM), the youth body of the BJP. Bhardwaj had then clarified via a Facebook post that he was being misunderstood as being the attacker, who perhaps shared the same name. “I’’m not at all connected with this incident,” he wrote.