New Delhi, Oct 19, 2016: In a setback to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday has suffered when the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea to stay trial court proceedings in a criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him and other AAP leaders.
According to PTI, “Nothing has been brought before this court to the effect that continuation of criminal proceedings is the abuse of the process of law before the CMM and any order is required by this court to secure the ends of justice.”
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“The request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) is rejected, being devoid of merit and the same culminates into the dismissal of the present petition,” said Justice P S Teji.
“Thus, this court is of the view that the order of the CMM, dated May 19, 2016, continuing with the proceedings is free from perversity, impropriety, illegality and non-sustainability which compelled this court to exercise the inherent jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr PC,” the court said.
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It all started in December, last year when Arun Jaitley filed civil and criminal defamation cases against the Delhi CM and the other AAP leaders for defaming him.
The Finance minister has alleged that Arvind Kejriwal and the other AAP leaders had made defamatory statements against him as well as his family.
“A week after a CBI raid on the Chief Minister’s secretariat against his principal secretary that triggered allegations by AAP against Jaitley in the affairs of the Delhi’s cricket body DDCA”
The finance minister took legal recourse saying that the AAP leaders ‘malicious and defamatory’ campaign caused irreversible damage to him.
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On January 5, Arun Jaitley appeared in the court and recorded his statement as the complainant witness regarding the case. He had told the court that Kejriwal and the other AAP leaders had made “false and defamatory” statements.
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