New Delhi: A Delhi court has acquitted a woman candidate of Aam Aadmi Party on charges of defacing public property by pasting campaign posters on a park wall ahead of MCD polls. The court, while acquitting her, noted that the case of prosecution was questionable.
The court absolved Triveni Bharti, who had contested from Ward 80 in Pushp Vihar in the SDMC polls on April 23 of the offence under Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property (DPDP) Act.
Chief metropolitan magistrate Pooja Talwar, while acquitting Ms Bharti, said that neither was there any eyewitness nor were there any marks on the pamphlet to prove it was removed.
“At the outset, there are no eyewitnesses to the pasting of the disputed poster. This apart, there is no one has witnessed the procedure of removal of the said poster from the park’s wall. Interestingly, the poster in question does not have any pasting marks reflecting that it was ever pasted or any marks reflecting that it was forcefully removed, which makes the prosecution’s case questionable,” the court said.
While deciding the matter in the accused’s favour, it also said that it appeared that “no sincere effort was made” to join witnesses. As per the prosecution, on April 17, a cop on patrolling duty saw two campaign posters with pictures of Ms Bharti on the wall of a park in Pushp Vihar market.