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A Delhi Court to Frame Charges Against ‘Slander Man’ of Indian Politics Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia on September 14

‘Indian Slander Man’ Arvind Kejriwal has as many as 10 defamation cases filed against him.

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  • Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav currently facing charges of criminal defamation
  • Court to frame charges in the case on September 14
  • Delhi CM Kejriwal has over 10 libel cases filed against him

New Delhi, August 24, 2017: Looking at the escalating tally of cases against the Delhi CM, it would not be wrong to believe that either Arvind Kejriwal enjoys raising grave allegations against people without prior thought or substantiation, or that people find it easy to file libel cases against him.

A Delhi Court will now frame charges against Arvind Kejriwal, and his deputy Manish Sisodia on September 14 following a criminal defamation complaint filed by advocate Surendar Kumar Sharma. Additionally, Swaraj chief Yogendra Yadav is also undergoing trial as an accused in the vilification complaint.

The court had asserted in its order that the argument submitted by the accused do not sustain, following which notices (cases) were framed under the CrPC against them.

According to Sharma, volunteers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) had approached him asserting that Kejriwal was very pleased with his social service. They had further offered him a party ticket to contest the 2013 Delhi assembly elections.

Sharma alleged that he was informed by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket, following which he had filled up the application form to contest the polls.

However, the party later denied him the ticket.

On October 14, 2013, Sharma further claimed that “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words (were) used by the accused persons” in newspaper reports that breached his reputation in the society and the Bar, alike.

Responding to the complaint, the AAP leaders had asserted that as per the rules, every political party is entitled to the allotment or cancellation of an election ticket. They had further revealed the rationale behind their decision, saying Sharma was denied a ticket as had had not divulged correct details of the cases pending against him.

On grounds of the libel complaint thus filed, the trial court in Delhi had previously sought presence of the accused before it saying that there was prima facie material to supplement the summons which were issued under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34(common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

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Following this, a bail had been granted to Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav.

According to the PTI report, the accused were to appear before the court on August 23. However, they sought exemption from Metropolitan Magistrate Vijay Kumar Jha for personal appearance for the day on the grounds that they were involved in by-polls in Bawana region in north-west Delhi.

While charges in the complaint will now be framed on September 14, Delhi CM has already claimed the title of the ‘Indian Slander Man’ following his expanding tally, with as many as 10 defamation cases filed against him.


 

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President Kovind approves recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs

In a quick follow to EC's recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs, President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the disqualification

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20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
20 AAP MLAs stand disqualified after President Ram Nath Kovind approved EC's recommendation. Wikimedia Commons
  • President Kovind approved the EC’s recommendation to disqualify 20 AAP MLAs
  • EC had recommended the disqualification on the charges of holding ‘Office of Profit’
  • Union Law and Justice Ministry has issued a notification regarding the disqualification

President Ram Nath Kovind has approved the Election Commission’s recommendation to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLAs in Delhi on charges of holding Office of Profit, an official spokesman of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan said on Sunday.

Following the approval, the Union Law and Justice Ministry issued a notification saying that the President has held that the 20 members of Delhi Legislative Assembly stand disqualified under 15 (1) (a) of the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) act.

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These 20 MLAs are Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar, Nitin Tyagi and Jarnail Singh.

Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons
Disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs comes as a big blow for Arvind Kejriwal. Wikimedia commons

The Election Commission on Friday recommended disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs for holding office of profit as Parliamentary Secretaries.

It gave its opinion to the President on a complaint by advocate Prashant Patel, a member of the Hindu Legal Cell, in June 2015, who petitioned then President Pranab Mukherjee alleging illegality in the appointment of Parliamentary Secretaries.

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The application by Patel said 21 AAP MLAs, including Jarnail Singh (Rajouri Garden) who resigned to contest the Punjab Assembly polls last year, were appointed Parliamentary Secretaries to Ministers in the Delhi government in violation of the Constitution. (IANS)