Court refuses to stay Jaitley’s defamation case against Kejriwal

New Delhi, May 19 (IANS) A court here on Thursday refused to stay a criminal defamation suit filed by union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in the wake of DDCA controversy.

The court, however, allowed Kejriwal to approach the Delhi High Court to seek relief in the case.

Kejriwal’s counsel, while moving an application, told the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass that a civil defamation case was filed by Jaitley in the Delhi High Court also on similar facts.

In his plea, Kejriwal had sought adjournment in the case pending in the district court until the high court decided the civil defamation suit and to enable him approach the high court for relief.

The court said that damages on account of civil as well as criminal defamation stand on different footing and can be tried simultaneously.

The court adjourned the matter to July 16 for further arguments and said Kejriwal’s plea will be heard on the next date of hearing.

The court directed the complainant to supply another set of documents to the accused after the defence counsel said that documents supplied earlier are not legible.

Jaitley filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee that they made “false and defamatory” statements in a case involving the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), thereby harming his reputation.

He said the AAP leaders made the statements to deflect public attention from a Central Bureau of Investigation probe against a civil servant working with Kejriwal.

Kejiwal, Kumar Vishwas, Chadha and Bajpayee were present during Thursday’s hearing while Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh were granted exemption from personal appeareance.

The court allowed Jaitley’s plea seeking exemption from personal appearance on account of discharge of his official duties.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here