Court summons Kejriwal in Gadkari defamation case

Court summons Kejriwal in Gadkari defamation caseNew Delhi:  former Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, a Delhi court has summoned him in a criminal defamation case filed against him by Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari.

Kejriwal will have to appear in court on April 7 in connection with the case. This comes after the BJP leader had filed a defamation suit against Kejriwal after he named him in AAP’s list of ‘India’s most corrupt’ leaders.

Senior advocate Pinki Anand and advocate Ajay Digpaul, who had appeared for Gadkari, had argued that Kejriwal had made the statement against the BJP leader with a “malafide intention” to tarnish the image and lower the dignity of their client.

The council had contended that Kejriwal had made “baseless and false allegation” against 57-year-old Gadkari. The court had on February 18 recorded statements of Gadkari and advocate Neeraj as complainant witnesses in the complaint.

The said statements have been made maliciously by the accused person and his party people with the knowledge that the same are false, without any basis and with the malafide intention to defame and tarnish my reputation, he had said.

The former BJP President had said that on January 31, Kejriwal had issued a list of alleged “India’s most corrupt” in which he had named various politicians, including him. Kejriwal had accused several politicians of being “corrupt” and had said AAP will field candidates against them in coming Lok Sabha polls.

Bureau Report

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