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AAP issues notices to four dissidents.

MOVING a step closer to expelling four dissident party leaders, including Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan, the Aam Aadmi Party ( AAP) leadership on Friday sent showcause notices to them outlining person- specific allegations even as Yadav charged that the move to make those who had hurled accusations against them part of the national disciplinary committee went against the principle of natural justice.

Sources said that the showcause notices have been sent to all four leaders, who will have to reply within two days.

AAP sources said the showcause notices with person- specific charges cited the common allegation against them over organisation of ' Swaraj Samwad' on April 14.

According to a party source, the show- cause notices pointed out that, " they ( rebel leaders) organised Swaraj Samwaad to create a parallel organisation without the party's nod. They openly challenged the party leadership and sought opinions of volunteers in Swaraj Samvaad on the formation of a new party." Yadav and Kumar said they have not yet received the show- cause notices. Referring to party leaders Ashish Khetan and Pankaj Gupta, who are part of the threemember disciplinary committee, Yadav said, " I have conveyed to disciplinary committee chairman Dinesh Waghela that this was against the principle of natural justice.

The two members of the committee are those who had levelled allegations against me and Prashantji. If a judge is directly or even indirectly related to a case, then he rescues himself from that particular case. How can a complainant itself be a judge?" Yadav claimed that during a telephonic conversation with Dinesh Waghela, he had told him that the panel was yet to take up the matter.

" I am surprised that a person ( Ashutosh) who is not a member of the committee is issuing the statement. On Thursday, I called up Waghela and asked him about the status of the inquiry against us. He said he is in Goa and there is still no reference of the committee yet. So till yesterday ( Thursday), there was no meeting held to discuss the matter," he said.

On Wednesday, AAP's Political Affairs Committee ( PAC) referred their case to the national disciplinary committee.

The charges against Yadav include his briefing to a woman journalist against party leadership.

" He himself accepted on Facebook that he was the source of that journalist by saying that the journalist crossed ethical line by disclosing her source," a party source said.

The charge- sheet against Bhushan accuses him of supporting AVAM, a breakaway volunteer group of the party.

" He gave many interviews against the party leadership stating wrong facts and without party's nod. There are evidences against him about supporting AVAM, an organisation working against AAP," the show- cause notice pointed out, according to the source.

Sources close to Yadav- Bhushan said they are aware that the leaders will be thrown out of the party soon. " Everyone knows they are going to be thrown out. The party is only taking time because they know Bhushan can drag them to court if they do anything wrong," a source said.

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