DDCA case: Delhi court summons Kejriwal, six AAP leaders and Kirti Azad as accused
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass asked Kejriwal and others to be present on March 25, the next date fixed for filing notice against the six accused in the defamation case
A Delhi Court on Monday summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders to present themselves on the next day of hearing as it is reported to frame charges against them in a criminal defamation suit filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
The court has also produced summons against suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad a accused in the defamation case.
Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass asked Kejriwal and others to be present on March 25, the next date fixed for filing notice against the six accused in the defamation case.
Jaitely filed the defamation case against Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, saying that they made "false and defamatory" remarks in a case related to the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), thereby harming his reputation.
Jaitley also said that the AAP leaders made the statements to digress from the CBI probe against a civil servant working with Kejriwal.
The court allowed both Jaitley's and the AAP leaders pleas, the latter asking exemption from personal appearance.
The court dismissed the plea of AAP convenor and leaders for the right to be heard on point of framing of notice in a criminal defamation suit. The accused had moved the court seeking a chance to be heard before it decided on whether they would be put on trial in the criminal defamation complaint.
The new ruling comes after Patiala House court reserved its order on Saturday on a criminal defamation plea filed by the finance minister on behalf of Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) and its vice president Chetan Chauhan against Kejriwal and Kirti Azad for allegedly defaming the cricketing body.