Guwahati, April 11: On Monday, an Assam court issued a bailable arrest warrant against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he failed to appear before the court for hearing in a defamation case. The court had asked the Delhi CM to appear before it on April 7.On 15, December Delhi Chief Minister tweeted saying “Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai” to this tweet Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar filed a complaint accusing Kejriwal of making defamatory remarks against the PM on his educational qualifications. Following which, the police registered a case against the Delhi CM under Sections 499, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code.
Rather the university's registrar said last year that the Prime Minister's degree was authentic and he "cleared the examination in 1978 and was awarded the degree in 1979."
Mr Kejriwal had referred to the civic polls while requesting the court in Diphu to excuse him and give him more time to appear. His lawyer said he "cannot leave Delhi to attend the court hearing because of the civic election and the nature of his work because he is Chief Minister of Delhi". The judge rejected the request, noting that Mr Kejriwal had failed to appear once before on January 30, and issued a warrant of Rs. 10,000. Hence the court issued the bailable warrant of arrest of Rs 10,000. Further the court will hear the case again on May 8.
“We have seen the petition submitted by Gurpreet Singh Uppal showing the ground that it is not possible for the accused, namely Arvind Kejriwal, to leave Delhi due to the municipality election in Delhi,” Justice Naba Kumar Deka Barua of Diphu Court said in the order.
“On perusal of the record, it reveals that the accused has not appeared before this court on the earlier occasion on 30/1/2017 too, availing adjournment of more than two months. Considering this, the petition of Gurpreet Singh Uppal is rejected and a bailable warrant of arrest of Rs.10,000 has been issued against the said accused complainant to take step. The next date for appearance is fixed on May 8, 2017,” the order read.