Action against ex-BJP MP: HC won’t intervene

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar noted that the Delhi Police has already referred the matter to the police station concerned for necessary action and that the statement of several persons has also been recorded in this regard.

The Delhi High Court has refused to give direction to Delhi Police regarding action against former BJP MP Udit Raj, over allegations that he distributed metal tokens to unauthorised street vendors as a “licence to operate” in his constituency.

Udit Raj was a BJP MP from 2014 to 2019 from the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency. In April, he joined the Congress, after being denied a ticket from the BJP for the Lok Sabha elections.

A bench of Chief Justice D N Patel and Justice C Hari Shankar noted that the Delhi Police has already referred the matter to the police station concerned for necessary action and that the statement of several persons has also been recorded in this regard.

Observing that “we see no reason to further monitor this case”, the bench said, “If any illegality is found, action will be taken by the respondents (Delhi Police and authorities concerned) in accordance with law, rules, regulations and government policy against the persons who have committed illegality.”

The court noted that from the leader’s affidavit in the matter, “it appears that the token distributed has nothing to do with the recovery of the money and the continuation of the illegal encroachment on the public road”.

Taking note of this, the court disposed of a petition filed in 2017 by Parveen Kumar, a Delhi resident, alleging that he distributed metal tokens for Rs 250 each to unauthorised vendors.