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Arvind Kejriwal to go on trial in defamation case by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri

Court dismisses plea by CM Arvind Kejriwal to drop charges in complaint by Ramesh Bidhuri

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: October 23, 2016 1:02 am
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Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was Saturday put on trial by a court in a defamation case, on the basis of a criminal complaint filed against him by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri. Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh framed charges against the Chief Minister under sections 499 and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code, after which the minister pleaded not guilty, while refusing to contest the charge. The court also granted Kejriwal reprieve from permanent exemption from personal appearance in the case. However, the court directed him to appear as and when he may be summoned on important dates. The court will take up the case again on December 23.

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During the hearing, the Chief Minister said he had no intention of defaming the BJP leader, a claim contested by
Bidhuri. The BJP MP had alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him during an interview with a news channel. He had claimed that during the interview, Kejriwal had falsely said that “serious” criminal cases were pending against Bidhuri, but Delhi Police were not taking action against him. Bidhuri claimed that no such case was pending against him and Kejriwal had defamed him by making a statement.

Kejriwal’s defence lawyer Rishikesh Kumar urged the court to drop the charges, arguing that it was an hour-long
interview and the BJP leader has taken the statement out of context. Kejriwal’s defence also argued that the Chief Minister had only reiterated what was already in the public domain.

According to the defence counsel, Bidhuri, in his affidavit for the 2014 Lok Sabha election, had already given details of the cases against him. This, said Kumar, was only reiterated during the interview. But the complainant’s lawyers argued that Kejriwal had made such a statement to defame Bidhuri for political reasons, as he had done so right before the elections.

The court dismissed Kejriwal’s application — which had sought that the proceedings against him be dropped — observing that at this stage, getting into the merits of the case was not warranted, Kumar told The Indian Express. Kejriwal was summoned as an accused by the court earlier this year on a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Bidhuri, an MP from South Delhi parliamentary constituency. He was granted bail by the court on July 8 after he appeared before it and furnished a personal bond of Rs 10,000.

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    IML sood
    Oct 23, 2016 at 12:50 am
    There is a good suggestion,Khujli with all his street leaders instead of facing criminal charges should sit on dharna before Judges' house and demand for change of law.How the most learned man of the country could be hauled up in the court of when he and his stooges are law unto themselves.Perhaps judge concerned is not aware of their worth to Delhi people where they have made this city a paradise by their magic wand.
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      Niladrinath Mohanty
      Oct 23, 2016 at 2:29 am
      Note. Arvind Kejriwal and manish Sisodia have put on weight after becoming ministers.
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        narendar Singh
        Oct 22, 2016 at 9:03 pm
        Arvind is a big liar. he was in Anna's movement, giving an impression he was genuly fighting corruption. he quietly joined hands with Sonia (naturally for some compensation of few crores from this crook lady) and started attacking MODI/BJP.He is new to politics and started slamming Centre as though he knew everything. big liar and a fraud. he has to be driven out of politics by the people of India
        1. R
          Oct 23, 2016 at 4:21 am
          Arvind Kejriwal has to learn to exercise his tongue carefully. Considering his recalcitrant behavior, the only way he will do so is when the judiciary takes him to task. I hope this is his last term as the chief minister of Delhi.