Delhi court junks defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal for TV remarks

  • | Tuesday | 6th November, 2018

According to the complaint, in October 2012, Kejriwal had organised several protests against “power tariff hike in the capital and had accused the then Delhi government of stalling DERC’s move to cut power tariff by 23% in 2010”. He had submitted that Kejriwal had not said anything against the political secretary. The court, however, observed that the complainant was not an aggrieved person in this case and the words prima facie were not defamatory.The complainant had alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him and he spoke the defamatory word with an intention to harm his reputation.Advocate Mohd Irshad, representing Kejriwal, had submitted the court that Khera was not a member of the Congress nor he has disclosed in clear terms his relationship with Dikshit. NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday acquitted chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation case filed by a former Delhi Jal Board employee , Pawan Khera, observing that the complainant cannot be said to be an “aggrieved person”.Additional chief metropolitan magistrate Samar Vishal granted the reprieve to Kejriwal in the case lodged by Khera for remarks allegedly made against former chief minister Sheila Dikshit by the AAP leader in a television show during power tariff hike protests in October 2012.Khera had claimed to be Dikshit’s “political secretary” and alleged that Kejriwal used “false and defamatory” accusations against her and harmed his reputation since he was associated with her.The court said Khera was not named by Kejriwal and there was no specific legal injury to his reputation.

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