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Delhi Court questions Atishi’s right to file petition against Gautam Gambhir

A Delhi court on Wednesday asked AAP’s Lok Sabha candidate from East Delhi, Atishi, to prove her locus standi for filing a petition against her BJP rival Gautam Gambhir for allegedly enrolling as a voter in two Assembly segments.

Metropolitan Magistrate Viplav Dabas directed the AAP leader to file more documents to prove her locus standi (the right to bring an action or to appear in a court) after her counsel said there was a “prima facie” case against Mr. Gambhir.

“How you are affected by this? If he has committed any wrong, what’s your locus?” the court asked.

‘Not eligible to vote’

Advocate Karuna Nundy, appearing for Ms. Atishi , told the court that Mr. Gambhir was a “dead man walking. He is not eligible to vote and will be disqualified as a candidate”.

“Even if he wins, people of East Delhi should not be saddled with an MP who has no chance of survival in the near future. Voters should not be made to suffer,” she told the court.

The court has posted the matter for further hearing on May 6, six days before Delhi goes to polls. The plea, filed by advocate Mohd Irshad on Thursday, alleged that Mr. Gambhir has enrolled “deliberately” and “illegally” as a voter in Karol Bagh and Rajinder Nagar Assembly segments.

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