A Delhi court on Wednesday summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as an accused in a defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Das has directed Kejriwal and five others to appear before it on April 7 at 2:30 pm.
Jaitley had, in December last year, filed both civil and criminal defamation cases against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him and sought Rs 10 crores in damages and their prosecution for offences that entails a punishment of upto two years in jail.
A week after a CBI raid on the Chief Minister’s secretariat against his principal secretary that triggered allegations by AAP against Jaitley in the affairs of the Delhi’s cricket body DDCA, the minister took the legal recourse saying the AAP leaders’ “malicious and defamatory” campaign was causing irreversible damage to him.
The others who were named in both the petitions are Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai. The case was filed under under sections 499, 500, 501, 502 of the IPC for offences that involve making and disseminating defamatory statements.