Ranchi lawyer files case against PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah over Rs 15 lakh promise; case adjourned to March 2
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Ranchi lawyer files case against PM Narendra Modi, Amit Shah over Rs 15 lakh promise; case adjourned to March 2

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A Ranchi court on Tuesday heard a criminal case filed against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah over the promise made to deposit Rs 15 lakh in the account of every Indian.

Filed by Advocate Harendra Kumar Singh, the complaint claims that the unfulfilled promise to deposit Rs 15 lakh amounts to the offence of cheating under Section 315 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and a violation of the Representation of People's Act.

Singh has alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had promised Rs 15 lakh in its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, the manifesto makes no such promise.

Appearing before Judicial Magistrate Ajay Kumar Guria, Singh had reportedly said,

"Why was the promise on CAA delivered but the promise on crediting Rs 15 lakh in each person's account, a promise made in BJP manifesto, not honoured?"

The court has now adjourned the matter for March 2.

On the last date of hearing on Saturday, the court had asked Singh how this matter falls under its jurisdiction and why did he not file a case earlier, considering that the alleged promise was made in 2013-14.

During his speech before the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Modi had promised to return black money that was stashed abroad and use the same for the benefit of the poor.

In a later interview, Shah stated that there was no promise to deposit Rs. 15 lakh in the account of every Indian after recovering the black money.

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