Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) legal head cell Himmat Singh Shergill on Thursday said the party would file a criminal and civil defamation case against its national council member Pavitar Singh and his wife Lakhwinder Kaur for alleging that party leaders Sanjay Singh and Durgesh Pathak had demanded Rs 50 lakh “donation” to award ticket to Kaur from Phillaur Assembly constituency.
Shergill said the AAP would sue any party volunteer or leader who would level such allegations against the party leaders in future as such allegations defamed the party.
Reacting to the allegations, Sanjay Singh on Wednesday had said, “Such baseless allegations don’t deserve reaction. The person levelling these should first provide proof. Had he done so, I would have reacted.”
Pathak had said, “I will not comment as the one levelling the allegations has not provided any proof.”
Pavitar claimed to have campaigned for Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi during the 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
He, along with his wife Lakhwinder Kaur, had addressed a press conference here on Wednesday. Lakhwinder is joint secretary of the women wing of the party and sought a party ticket from Phillaur.
Pavitar claimed that since volunteers from Phillaur had supported Lakhwinder’s claim for candidature, both were asked to “appear” before Sanjay Singh and Pathak.
“We met the leaders in Chandigarh on August 15. They categorically told us that the nomination for the party could be given only to those individuals who could pay Rs 2.5 crore in cash. They said we were being given a discount as I am member of the national council and we both have worked hard for the party in Punjab, so we were required to donate Rs 50 lakh,” Pavitar alleged.
He claimed that after the meeting, he sent several SMSes to Kejriwal to sound him, but to no avail.
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