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Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal

By on October 26, 2013




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A defamation case had filed against Kejriwal saying he had used “false and filthy” language against the Chief Minister in a television show. The case was registered by Pawan Khera, Officer on Special Duty and Political Secretary of Dikshit.

Arvind Kejriwal said Khera has no locus standi to file the case as he had not said anything against the Political Secretary. Moreover, only an aggrieved person can file a defamation complaint.

The Delhi court on Saturday said the plea Arvind Kejriwal challenging the locus standi of the political secretary in filing a defamation case against him on behalf of Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit can only be decided “after trial” and not before that.

“I am of the view that the locus of the complainant to file the present case cannot be decided at this stage. Without framing notice of accusation and without conducting trial, no decision can be made on this issue. As contended on behalf of

accused himself that it is one of his defence, the decision whether this defence is successful or not can only be made after trial and not before that,” Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Bansal said.

The court said if Kejriwal believes that he has been summoned wrongly, then he should challenge the summoning order. “This court cannot recall the summons issued against him,” the court said and fixed the matter on October 28 for further hearing.