Arvind Kejriwal gets court notice in Bikram Singh Majithia defamation case

“The counsel for accused also placed on record one news item wherein Assistant Director Niranjan Singh of Enforcement Directorate alleges Majithia hand in his transfer,” the order noticed.

Written by KAMALDEEP SINGH BRAR | Amritsar | Updated: November 19, 2016 9:05 am
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Hearing the defamation case filed by Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Amritsar court has served notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Adami Party leaders Sanjay Singh and Ashish Khetan under section 500/ 501 on Friday. The trio was not present in court. The notice was accepted by their advocate Gaurav Gurcharan Singh Rai. Next hearing of the case will be on January 4.

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Passing the order on Friday, Ravi Inder Kaur, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Amritsar, said, “The court has already heard the submissions of both the counsels for the parties on the point of serving of notice of accusation to all of the accused under Section 251 CrPC. The counsel for the accused laid much stress on the point that no case is made out against the accused under Section 499/500 IPC as the case comes under the ambit of first, fourth and fifth exception of Section 499 IPC which relates to defamation. Another point which was raised by counsel for accused is that the accused are high credential/high profile personalities but on the other hand, newspaper published a news item that Majithia ‘collected money’ from three NRIs. The statement by businessman Jagjit Chahal and SAD Ex-Treasurer Maninder Aulakh before the Enforcement Directorate clearly indicate that Majithia ‘patronised’ the Canadian NRIs.”

“The counsel for accused also placed on record one news item wherein Assistant Director Niranjan Singh of Enforcement Directorate alleges Majithia hand in his transfer,” the order noticed.

It further reads, “Defence counsel prayed for discharging the accused for which they have been summoned to face the trial. After hearing the rival contentions of learned counsel for both the parties and going through the file with their able assistance, this court is of the considered opinion that the accused were summoned in the present case under section 499/500 IPC after considering the prima facie evidence on record. At this stage, the contention of defense counsel that no case is made out against the accused under the first, fourth and fifth exception of Section 499 IPC, is liable to be discarded.”

“It is a matter of evidence if the imputation made by the accused was based upon truth or was for public good. Moreover, the learned defense counsel during the course of submissions made by him never denied the contents of the complaint where there are allegations of imputation made by the accused persons which were widely publicized in the press. It was also not disputed during the course of submissions that the defamatory statements given by the accused were uploaded on social media regarding the image and character of the complainant,” reads the order.

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First Published on: November 19, 2016 3:59 am
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    avi
    Nov 19, 2016 at 3:50 am
    Kejriwal has been a failure in Delhi seeking to survive in Punjab elections. He is playing cheap gimmicks to hold on to a straw. It seems unlikely that he will survive politically.
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      Bijan Mohanty
      Nov 19, 2016 at 6:34 am
      Do you mean Modi ?
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        Bijan Mohanty
        Nov 19, 2016 at 6:33 am
        Many others occupying the seat of power are more more dangerous criminals. And it is fashionable for some to call nationalist like Kejriwal as a criminal and these so-called ill informed people should be educated properly.
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          Bijan Mohanty
          Nov 19, 2016 at 3:29 am
          What is so great about it ? If somebody files a case against Narndra Modi also, as per procedure Modi will be served a notice. It is a routine court procedure.
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            Arun
            Nov 19, 2016 at 7:06 am
            No doubt Arvind Kejriwal is enjoying to remain in limelight by throwing mud on Honest Politicians,Governor and specially PM.But sooner all cases about criminal defamation against him come on the Boards of judiciary, he will run here and there and getting Punishment of jail sentence of 2 years.Then his mouth will be shut down permanently.
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              L bhadrapati Devi
              Nov 19, 2016 at 4:15 am
              Arvind Kejri is doing defamation to get short term benefit over victims. He is a dangerous criminals.
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                L bhadrapati Devi
                Nov 19, 2016 at 4:22 am
                Arvindin Kejriudin Mia is the worst CM ever in India. He is not a sincere workers. He doesn't anything good for the government nor for the society. He is always making noise and quarreling with people in higher position to attract media attention. He needs a lot of slap from his victims rather than court verdict.
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                  naresh
                  Nov 19, 2016 at 1:59 am
                  Khujiliwale ab khujate rehana.
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                    rajan luthra
                    Nov 19, 2016 at 1:36 am
                    Its AK vs. All corrupt politicians. His methods may not be palatable yet all motivated campaigners acknowledge AK's personal integrity but @ the same time are trying to pin him down with defamation cases. One only hopes that all IAC comrades reunite to uproot the corrupt dispensations across the country. AK too needs to respect dissenting voices for health of democracy.
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                      Ravi Ranjan
                      Nov 19, 2016 at 2:03 am
                      AAP leaders cannot have the unfettered liberty of making allegations against everyone nd get away with that..Hope courts took a stringent view of their conduct.
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