Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will continue facing both civil and criminal proceedings in defamation cases filed against him by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, with the Supreme Court Tuesday declining to issue a stay order. A bench led by Justice P C Ghose said there is no merit in Kejriwal’s plea that criminal proceedings must be stayed if a civil case is also filed on the same facts. “We have seen the judgements. We can’t interfere with the judgements of the Delhi High Court and the trial court. The petition is dismissed,” the bench said. The court said there is no legal provision to support his plea that criminal proceedings have to be stayed in case there is a civil case going on simultaneously.
Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Kejriwal, said that if the High Court pronounces judgement in the civil proceedings, then the subordinate court would have to follow the law in the case which is based on the same facts and circumstances. He sought staying of the criminal defamation case filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal before the trial court and said that the civil proceedings before the High Court shall be continued.