February 19, 2014 2:38:48 am
The complaint claims that Kejriwal “deliberately” issued the defamatory list to “advance his vested political agenda and gain media attention”.
Alleging that Kejriwal was in “the habit of maligning” Gadkari’s reputation, the complaint also attached excerpts of newspapers, dated October 2013, in which Kejriwal had reportedly accused Gadkari of corruption.
“The accused has deliberately released/published the aforesaid ‘List of India’s Most Corrupt’ mentioning the name of the complainant in a grossly irresponsible manner. The complainant is a senior party member at the helm of one of the largest political parties and commands the respect of the public at large. The complainant has a large following. However, the accused has deliberately tried to malign the image of complainant, though he is not involved in any wrongful or corrupt act,” the complaint states.
Gadkari appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha on Tuesday to record his statement in the case. The court recorded the statement of a lawyer who appeared as a public witness in the matter to confirm the statement given by Gadkari.
Gadkari’s complaint also mentions the names of eight editors of TV channels and newspapers, which had published the list, as prosecution witnesses in the case.
Gadkari, through the complaint, has sought that the court “summon, prosecute and punish” Kejriwal under Sections 499 and 500 of the IPC. Defamation, under the IPC, is punishable with imprisonment which may extend up to two years or with fine or both.
According to the complaint, a legal notice for defamation had been served to Kejriwal after the list was released. Arguments for summoning Kejriwal to court on the issue shall be heard by the court on February 22.
Meanwhile, BJP general secretary Ananth Kumar filed a similar defamation case against former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in City Civil Court in Bangalore on Monday.
A statement issued by the BJP claimed that the court has granted a “temporary injunction” restraining Kejriwal from making defamatory comments against BJP general secretary.
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