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Delhi: AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya sues resident of his constituency for Rs 1 crore

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Delhi: AAP MLA Dinesh Mohaniya sues resident of his constituency for Rs 1 crore

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

Pradeep Maurya, who lives in a rented accommodation at Sangam Vihar, was surprised after he received a notice from the lawyer of Mohaniya seeking defamation of Rs 1 crore.

The notice read that Maurya uploaded a video with mala fide intention to damage Mohaniya's image. However, Pradeep claimed 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 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.

Even the AAP MLA clarified that wrong information was being circulated by 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," Mohaniya told India Today.

However, Mohaniya ignored the question on the need of sending a legal notice and demanding compensation of Rs 1 crore.

To do a reality check, a team of India Today TV did a ground report of the area to find the extent of water crisis. Entering Sangam Vihar is a challenge. While one of the prominent entrances there is shut due to sewer pipeline work, another entrance from Batra Road was flooded with sewer water. The team took 75 minutes to cover a stretch of three kilometres.

Buckets outside the home are a common sight in Sangam Vihar area. The water shortage and supply through tankers is the biggest problem of the area, which has led to many scuffles.

"We don't have a supply of drinking water in our houses. We are dependent on water tankers and their delivery is uneven. It becomes extremely difficult during summers," said Ashish a resident of the area.

Locals claim that there is no drainage facility in the area.