1. Set back for Arvind Kejriwal, HC gives thumbs up to Arun Jaitley in criminal defamation case

Set back for Arvind Kejriwal, HC gives thumbs up to Arun Jaitley in criminal defamation case

In a jolt to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea to stay a trial court proceeding in a criminal defamation case against him and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, filed by finance minister Arun Jaitley.

By: | New Delhi | Published: October 20, 2016 6:01 AM
kejriwal With the dismissal of Kejriwal’s plea, the trial in the criminal defamation case filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal and others can resume. (Source: PTI)

In a jolt to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea to stay a trial court proceeding in a criminal defamation case against him and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, filed by finance minister Arun Jaitley.

“No illegality or question of sustainability can be made out,” justice PS Teji said, adding that the Delhi chief minister’s request to adjourn the court proceedings before the chief metropolitan magistrate (CMM), Patiala House Courts, is “devoid of merit”.

With the dismissal of Kejriwal’s plea, the trial in the criminal defamation case filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal and others can resume.

Jaitley can also pursue both criminal and civil defamation cases against the CM for alleging corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when the BJP leader was heading the sports body for 15 years till December 2013.

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