Setback for Kumar Vishwas, DCW summons not stayed

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The Delhi High Court on 15 May didn’t give interim relief to AAP leader Kumar Vishwas saying his plea challenging the Delhi Women’s Commission (DCW) summons had some “blatant” faults. He was charged on a party volunteer’s complaint on alleged “rumours” about their illicit liaison.

Justice Rajiv Shakdher said one “defect” was the volunteer should have been made a party in the writ as it was on her complaint that the summons were issued. The other one was the Delhi government need not be impleaded, as the plea has not sought removal of any member of the DCW.

The court refused to consider Bharti’s pleas, Vishwas’s counsel, for interim stay, saying grant of any relief sans the complainant’s presence, would be “like putting the cart before the horse”.

It refused to hear the matter on May 18, as sought by Bharti, and instead fixed the hearing 22 May, saying, “there is no tearing hurry”. Bharti should not have disclosed the complainant’s name during the hearing, the court said.

On the issue of making the complainant a party, Bharti argued his client was challenging the DCW’s conduct and had nothing against the woman. Since no allegations were made against Vishwas in the complaint, how summons could be issued against him, he said.

Questioning the DCW’s power to issue such summons, the petitioner sought the woman be restrained from making any public statement.

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