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AAP MLA's plea against police decision to declare him 'bad character' to be heard by SC

AAP MLAs plea against police decision to declare him bad character to be heard by SC

New Delhi: Amanatullah Khan, an AAP MLA, has filed a petition with the Supreme Court challenging the Delhi Police's labelling of him as a "bad character," and the Supreme Court is set to hear his argument on Monday.

Justices Surya Kant and Dipankar Datta's bench will hear Khan's petition challenging the Delhi High Court's decision to reject his appeal of the police decision. The Delhi Police's response to Khan's plea had been sought by the top court on July 3.

The high court on January 19 had dismissed a plea of Khan against the decision of the city police to declare him as a 'bad character'. It had, however, granted him liberty to make a representation before the authorities concerned to remove the bad character tag.

The Delhi Police had declared Khan, the Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Okhla, a bad character last year. Khan's lawyer had contended before the high court that the authorities had 'acted in absolutely malafide manner' and claimed the replica of the history sheet, which is a confidential document, was shared on social media by a spokesperson for a rival political party to 'malign' his image.

The Delhi Police had argued that due procedure was followed by the competent authorities to arrive at the decision. The police said applicable rules were duly followed by the authorities and the decision was arrived at in view of the material on record and after application of mind.

The proposal for declaring Khan as a bad character was sent on March 28, last year by the Jamia Nagar police station in the Southeast district and approved on March 30, 2022. The document had stated that a total of 18 FIRs have been registered against Khan.

According to the police, a person who is involved in multiple criminal cases, including murder and attempt to murder, and can disturb peace in an area, can be designated a bad character.

With PTI inputs

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