BJP serves legal notice to AAP leader, seeks apology, withdrawal of statement

The notice was sent to her by Delhi BJP Media Head Praveen Shankar Kapoor through Advocate Satya Ranjan Swain.
Senior AAP leader Atishi
Senior AAP leader Atishi (Photo| ENS)

NEW DELHI: The Delhi unit of the BJP on Wednesday sent a legal notice to AAP leader and Delhi minister Atishi over her claim that she was approached to end ties with the AAP and join the saffron party, asking the AAP leader to withdraw her statement and furnish a public apology to avoid legal action.

The notice was sent to her by Delhi BJP Media Head Praveen Shankar Kapoor through Advocate Satya Ranjan Swain.

“ are requested to immediately withdraw the said speech and telecast your apology prominently on television and social media failing which my client shall be constrained to initiate, both civil and criminal, proceedings against you,” the notice stated.

Delhi BJP Chief Virendra Sachdeva said the allegations were baseless, “false and self-fabricated”, like all the claims made by the minister.

“There was no concrete or accurate information provided by Atishi. If the person who contacted was a close acquaintance, who was he, and on whose instructions did the conversation take place? This was not disclosed,” said Sachdeva.

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Sachdeva said whenever Atishi or her party are cornered in political circumstances, they cook up tales of arrests of leaders. “This has been done twice recently, but no evidence has been provided. Such allegations tarnish the political and social image of the BJP, its leadership and its workers. Therefore, last night, we issued a defamation notice to Atishi, urging her to retract the accusations publicly,” the BJP chief said.

Atishi had claimed on Tuesday that she had been approached to join the BJP through a personal contact. She was informed that she could either join the BJP to safeguard her political career or be arrested by central agencies within the next month.

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Atishi alleged, saying besides herself, AAP leaders Saurabh Bharadwaj, Durgesh Pathak, and Raghav Chadha, might also be arrested by the ED.

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