Punjab: Arvind Kejriwal appears in local court, says he stands by his ‘defamatory’ statement

Punjab’s Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia said Tuesday that the stage had been finally set for framing of charges against Kejriwal.

By: Express News Service | Amritsar | Updated: November 2, 2016 4:25 pm
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AAP National Convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appeared in a local court here on Tuesday in a defamation case filed against him by Punjab’s Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia and said he stood by his statement on Majithia. Court has fixed the next hearing on November 18.

“Majithia registered a case against me to muzzle my voice. He wants to intimidate me by registering cases, but I want to tell Badals and Majithia that they can’t bend me with these means and that I will continue to fight for the rights of people of Punjab,” Kejriwal said.

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Repeating his charges against the Akalis and the Congress, the Delhi CM said, “Friendship between Badal and Captain is an open secret now and they are saving each other in different cases registered against them. Badal cancelled Amritsar improvement trust case registered against Captain as Amarinder had earlier opposed CBI inquiry against Bikram Majithia and gave him clean chit in drugs case. Actions of the leaders of both parties expose their friendship and make it clear that both are working together to stop AAP expansion in Punjab.”

Majithia said Tuesday that the stage had been finally set for framing of charges against Kejriwal. “Earlier, the AAP leader had become Accused Arvind Kejriwal (AAK) from Arvind Kejriwal when he was summoned before the court to answer for his misdeeds. Soon, the AAP leader would be known as chargesheeted Arvind Kejriwal and then finally Convicted Arvind Kejriwal,” he said in a statement.

Majithia said, “the AAP leader had again tried to mislead the court by referring to certain statements made in newspapers instead of submitting any proof as dictated by law. You cannot achieve fame by defaming others and by relying on rhetoric alone.”