New Delhi, March 31: Delhi High Court has rejected the plea of Kejriwal to stay on trial court proceedings in criminal defamation case lodged by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
The Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) was asked to adjourn the proceeding by the petitioner but CMM did the opposite calling it ‘devoid of merit’. The CMM will continue the proceedings free from perversity, impropriety, illegality and non-sustainability; will exercise the jurisdiction under the Section 482 Cr PC.
The rift between the two political ministers sparked when Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders issued allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA when he was its president.
Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint alleging Kejriwal and five AAP leaders--Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai--who defamed him in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy with unamountable assets.
On April 7, the trial court had granted bail to Kejriwal and others in the case after they had appeared before it and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail.
Arun Jaitley has also filed a civil defamation suit in the High Court seeking Rs 10 crore in damages to his reputation.