New Delhi: Senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP)leader Kumar Vishwas on Thursday moved the Delhi High Court seeking a stay on the summons issued to him by Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) on a complaint filed by a volunteer alleging that he was not rebutting “rumours” about their illicit liaison.
The plea in the high court has sought that the woman be restrained from making any public statement and questioned the authority of DCW to issue such summons.
Vishwas has alleged that DCW chairperson Barkha Shukla Singh is working under some political vendetta against him. The Commission had first asked him, his wife and two others to appear before it on May 4 and later a fresh summons for May 6 was issued after they had failed to appear.
Acting on the woman’s complaint, the Commission had said that the volunteer had worked for a year in Amethi for the party and now it is a matter of her respect and honour, so Kumar Vishwas should turn up and give his clarification.
In an interview, the lady had alleged that Vishwas threatened her to stay quiet or else she would be killed like AAP leader Santosh Koli.
Koli, who was to contest Delhi Assembly polls, was killed in a road accident in 2013.
The lady had said she had campaigned alongside Vishwas, who was pitted against Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, in Amethi during 2014 Lok Sabha elections.
She had later found out reports that claimed that the AAP leader’s wife caught him in the company of one of the volunteers in Amethi.
But later she had received a message on social media, first on Facebook and later on WhatsApp, showing her picture as the female volunteer Vishwas was accused of having illicit relationship with.
Demanding that Vishwas’ wife come forward and give an explanation, the lady had said that she filed a complaint at Nand Nagri Police Station here in this regard on March 29, 2015. However, the police did not pay heed to her complaint.