The Mumbai police have registered an FIR against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal for unlawful assembly outside the Mumbai airport upon his arrival here on Wednesday.
“We have registered a case for violating government officers’ orders and prohibitory orders at the domestic airport terminal,” said DCP Mahesh Patil, PRO of Mumbai police.
Along with Mr. Kejriwal, the case has been registered against other AAP leaders, including party spokesperson Preety Sharma Menon.
The police have charged the AAP leaders under the IPC Sections 141 (unlawful assembly), 143 (punishment for being the member of an unlawful assembly). Under these sections, the punishment may extend up to six months, or with fine or both.
He was also charged under Section 37 (3) of the Bombay Police Act, under which any individual desirous of holding a public meeting or procession morchas/agitation/demonstration/showing black flag needs to obtain permission from the District Magistrate for doing so. Failure to do so may be deemed an offence under Section 135 of the Bombay Police Act.
In a related development, Mr. Kejriwal on Thursday morning rescheduled his plan to travel to Nagpur due to ill health. “He is unwell. Yesterday’s hectic schedule in Mumbai left him exhausted. He is suffering from chest congestion,” said Preeti Sharma Menon, AAP spokesperson in Mumbai.
The AAP leader however left Mumbai for Nagpur by 3 p.m. He is supposed to o address rallies in other parts of Vidarbha on Friday.