Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is once again facing trouble as a local Assam court on Monday issued a bailable warrant of arrest in a defamation case registered against him.
Kejriwal is facing a criminal defamation case for making a remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualification in December last year in a tweet.
Kejriwal, who is also facing a defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, had urged the court in Diphu to excuse him from appearance citing the April 23 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) Elections.
His lawyer had said that the Aam Aadmi Party leader “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, however, dismissed the request, noting that Kejriwal had failed to appear once before on January 30, and issued a warrant of Rs 10,000.
On December 15, the Delhi CM had tweeted: “Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai.”
The chief minister was booked under sections 499/500/502 IPC on December 26, 2016, after a BJP leader Surjya Rongphar lodged a complaint and a criminal defamation case was registered.
The order read: “ 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.
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.”
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