New Delhi: Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders were on Wednesday summoned as accused by a trial court in a criminal defamation case filed against them by finance minister Arun Jaitley.
Chief metropolitan magistrate Sumit Dass issued summons to the AAP leaders and directed them to appear before it on April 7 in the case filed against them for allegedly defaming Jaitley in the DDCA controversy. Issuing summons, the court observed that “prima facie a case was made out against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, including Kumar Vishwas.”
Jaitley has alleged that Kejriwal and other AAP leaders had made defamatory statements that Jaitley and his family had made pecuniary gains by associating with M/s 21st Century Media Pvt Ltd, a sports management firm. On February 15, the court had reserved its verdict after hearing the arguments on the complaint, perusing the annexures filed with it and the statements of complainant witnesses recorded in the matter.
On January 5, Jaitley had appeared in the court and had recorded his statement as the complainant witness in the case. He had told the court that Kejriwal and five AAP leaders had made “false and defamatory” statements. He had rejected the charge that he had syphoned off money from DDCA for his own benefit. Deposing in the court, Jaitley had claimed that Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, had given statements even after the complaint was filed against them, which had damaged his reputation. The finance minister had said that their statements against him and his family members lowered his dignity in the eyes of the public at large. He had also referred to the Twitter and Facebook posts of these six leaders.