Arvind Kejriwal Withdraws Pleas To Revoke 2 Criminal Defamation Cases

Chief Minister and his deputy Manish Sisodia had settled the matter by apologising before a trial court

New Delhi: 

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday withdrew from the Delhi High Court his pleas seeking quashing of separate criminal defamation proceedings initiated against him by a senior advocate and a former aide of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit.

Mr Kejriwal moved the application for withdrawing his petition in the case involving senior advocate Amit Sibal, son of former Union minister Kapil Sibal, as the Chief Minister and his deputy Manish Sisodia had settled the matter by apologising before a trial court for making “unfounded allegations” against the lawyer.

In the second case, the AAP chief has already moved the trial court seeking quashing of the criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Ms Dikshit’s then political secretary Pawan Khera on the grounds that the plea was not maintainable as the person affected had not approached the court.

On Wednesday, Justice AK Pathak allowed Mr Kejriwal’s advocates Rishikesh Kumar and Mohd Irshad to withdraw both the pleas in both the cases from the high court.

Besides Mr Kejriwal and Mr Sisodia, complainant Amit Sibal had also named former AAP members Prashant Bhushan and Shazia Ilmi as accused in the 2013 case. In April, Shazia Ilmi also apologised to Mr Sibal and her apology was accepted by the lawyer.

The lower court on September 20, 2014, had put all the four accused on trial for the charge under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC.

In the other matter, Pawan Khera had filed the defamation case over Mr Kejriwal’s alleged remarks against Ms Dikshit during power tariff hike protests in October 2012.

 Mr Khera had said that the AAP leader had used objectionable language against the then Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit in a television show.

Mr Kejriwal, in his quashing petition, had questioned Mr Khera’s locus standi to file the complaint and also sought quashing of the January 2013 summons to him and the subsequent proceedings in the matter.

Maintaining that prima facie defamation charges were made out against Mr Kejriwal, the trial court had put him on trial in 2013 after he pleaded not guilty. 

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