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Delhi: AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya sends Rs 1 crore defamation notice after resident complains of water crisis

With elections to Delhi state assembly round the corner, it seems like AAP MLAs have thought of an innovative way of campaigning which involves sending defamation notice to residents and sparring over taking responsibility.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA and Delhi Jal Board vice-chairman Dinesh Mohaniya has sent a defamation notice of Rs 1 crore to a resident of his constituency for posting a video on social media which showed water crisis problem in the locality and calling him corrupt.

According to the India Today report, Pradeep Maurya, who is a resident of Sangam Vihar, has been sent a defamation notice from the lawyer of AAP MLA Mohaniya seeking defamation of Rs 1 crore. The notice read that Maurya uploaded a video with malafide intention to damage Mohaniya’s image.

However, Pradeep has claimed that he is being targeted for exposing the ground reality of Sangam Vihar and acute water crisis faced by the people.

“Even I was a supporter of AAP, but when the problem of our area was not resolved in four years, I highlighted the issue by uploading a video on my YouTube channel. I live here on rent and hardly earn Rs 9,000 a month. But, I am not scared of him and will fight the case in court. He has also deleted my video. He must be having the power of administration but locals are with me,” said Pradeep.

Lawyers of Dinesh Mohaniya clarified that the lawmaker has a problem with the fake charges made against him in the video.

“He has been called ‘corrupt’ and alleged to be working in nexus with the mafia. These are fake charges and ruins the image of my client,” said MLA’s lawyer Anil Tomar.

Dinesh Mohaniya defended the notice claiming that Maurya had spread wrong information against him through the video. “I have never stopped anyone from filming in the area. I invite everyone to my constituency to come and check ground reality. It is people who will decide if work has been done in the area or not,” reportedly Mohaniya said while speaking to India Today.

Meanwhile, Mohaniya and another AAP MLA Prakash Jarwal also had a fight on Twitter on water crisis in Delhi. Jarwal accused Mohaniya of stalling the work on sewer work which has added to the water crisis.

He even asked Mohaniya to direct the Delhi Jal Board to carry out the work instead of doing just Facebook Live events.

With elections to Delhi state assembly round the corner, it seems like AAP MLAs have thought of an innovative way of campaigning which involves sending defamation notice to residents and sparring over taking responsibility.

 

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