New Delhi :A Delhi court on Wednesday discharged BJP MP Hans Raj Hans in a case of allegedly giving ambiguous information in his affidavit filed along with his nomination form in the 2019 general elections.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Dharmender Singh granted the relief to the Member of Parliament from north-west Delhi after finding that “no prima facie case is made against him”.
The complaint was filed by Rajesh Lilothia, who had contested election against him.
Lilothia claimed that at the time of filing of nomination form Hans furnished false information in affidavit and he did not disclose the material facts in it.
He alleged that the accused did not give the correct information regarding his educational qualifications, financial status of his wife, income of his dependents and regarding holding of office in National Safai Karamchari Commission.
The court rejected complainant”s argument that the politician had stated his educational qualification as ”matric” however, he further pursued the studies and passed ”PREP” (equivalent to 11th class) from DAV College, Jalandhar, noting that he did not pass ”PREP” from the college.
Regarding the financial status, the complaint had claimed that while Hans” wife was shown as a house-wife in the affidavit, however, the income tax dues had shown in the relevant column against her.
The accused told the court that the liability was on the account of capital gains which accrued to her on account of sale of immovable property, and that she was neither in any employment nor doing any business.
The court further noted that the accused had not listed his sons as dependents in the affidavit, hence there was no requirement to mention their assets and income.
The court further observed that the accused had already resigned from the office National Safai Karamchari Commission when he filed the nomination.