Bringing fresh troubles for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi High Court has today refused to put stay on the criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Rejecting Kejriwal’s plea to put a stay on the case filed against him and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, the HC ordered for normal proceedings in the case.
On 21 December 2015, Arun Jaitley filed a criminal defamation case against the Delhi CM and other AAP leaders, for which the accused can be jailed for two years with court orders. Jaitley had also filed a civil defamation case seeking Rs 10 crore in damage from Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, accusing them of issuing false and defamatory statement against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA when the finance minister was the president of it. The court granted bail to Kejriwal and others on April 7 after they appeared before it.
Challenging the cases filed against him, Kejriwal claimed that there were two cases filed on the basis of same complaint and appealed to the trial court to put a stay on them.
Here is what Manik Dogra, Jaitley’s advocate, said:
* Case is listed before the Chief metropolitan magistrate on 24th we’ll request court to proceed with matter.
* We think its a huge setback for Kejriwal and rest of the co-accused.
* Petition dismissed saying no prejudice is caused to him&other co-accused during pendency of civil&criminal proceedings simultaneously.
* Kejriwal had filed petition before Delhi HC asking for stay of criminal proceedings, HC dismissed petition.