New Delhi: A Delhi court on Tuesday summoned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three Aam Aadmi Party MLAs in a defamation case. In the case filed by BJP leader Karan Singh Tanwar, the leader has alleged that AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Surender Singh, party convenor Dilip Pandey and the CM had accused him of being involved in the murder of an NDMC official who was shot dead in 2016. (Also read: Delhi Govt Built 23 Flyovers in 4.5 Years, Says CM)
In the complaint, Tanwar alleged that the AAP leaders had tried to “malign and ruin (his) image and political career”. Tanwar’s complaint also seeks prosecution of the four AAP leaders for the alleged offences of defamation and criminal conspiracy under the IPC.
In a separate case, a sessions court had on Monday stayed an order to put on trial Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and AAP MLA Somnath Bharti in a case of allegedly violating prohibitory orders in the national capital and obstructing public servants during an agitation in 2014.
Kejriwal and Sisodia are facing another defamation case by filed by BJP MLA Vijender Gupta in which the latter had sought proceedings against the duo for “maligning” his image as they had accused him of being part of an alleged “conspiracy” to assassinate Kejriwal.
The AAP leaders had blamed Gupta after Kejriwal was slapped during a roadshow on May 4 while campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections.
In this case, the two AAP leaders have been granted bail. Both had to furnish a bail bond of Rs 10,000 each.
Next date of hearing in the defamation suit filed by Gupta is July 25. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted relief to Kejriwal after he appeared before the court.
The BJP is seeking proceedings against Kejriwal, Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta, MLA Manoj Kumar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Atishi for allegedly harming the reputation of the saffron party by blaming it for deletion of names of “voters” from the electoral rolls in Delhi.