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Arvind Kejriwal: The Defamation man

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New Delhi: A Local court summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a complaint filed by Bharatiya Janta Party leader Arun Jaitley. Getting summons in a defamation is nothing new for him.

Several defamation cases have been filed against Kejriwal by political leaders and advocates between 2013 and 2016.

A Patiala House court issued summons against Kejriwal on March 9 for allegedly uttering defamatory statements against Jaitley in relation to the controversy surrounding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Apart from this, Kejriwal has three other cases pending in the Patiala House courts while two are pending in the Karkardooma district courts.

The first defamation case was filed against Kejriwal by then political secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, Pawan Khera, for his alleged “derogatory remarks” against power tariff hike during protests in October 2012. A court in Karkardooma complex issued summons to Kejriwal in Janaury 2013.

The second case was filed by former communications minister Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal. The defamation case was filed after Kejriwal, during a press conference in 2013, alleged conflict of interest over Amit Sibal appearing in the Supreme Court for telecom major Vodafone while his father was the union communications minister. A metropolitan magistrate in Patiala house courts complex issued summons to the Aam Aadmi Party leader in July 2013.

The third case was filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari, now a union minister, who alleged that Kejriwal had defamed him by including his name in the list of “India’s most corrupt” during a press conference in January 2014. In February 2014, a court had summoned Kejriwal as an accused.

Kejriwal appeared in the case on May 21, 2014, but refused to furnish a personal bond and thereafter was sent to jail. After a week, he furnished his personal bond and was released.

In all the three cases where the court has framed charges, Kejriwal pleaded not guilty.

The fourth defamation case was filed by a lawyer Surender Kumar Sharma against Kejriwal and his colleague Manish Sisodia in 2013. Sharma accused the two AAP leaders of approving his name as party candidate and later defaming him and also denying him the ticket.

The Supreme Court had stayed proceedings in all these four cases after Kejriwal filed a plea challenging the constitutional validity of “criminal defamation” in April last year.

The fifth case was filed by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri alleging that Kejriwal had made baseless allegations against him. A Patiala House court last month issued summons to Kejriwal asking him to appear in court on May 5, 2016.

Apart from these six cases in which Kejriwal has been summoned by the trial courts, there are three more applications that have alleged defamation and have sought his summoning. These three applications are in “pre-summoning evidence stage” and are being heard in the various district courts of Delhi.

Among these three cases, two have been filed by two Delhi police constables against Kejriwal using a derogatory term against the “men in khaki”. The Saket court is recording the statement of complainant witnesses.

DDCA and its vice-president, Chetan Chauhan, filed a defamation case in February, against Kejriwal and others, accusing them of defaming the association by passing “scandalous” remarks. The court is recording the statement of the complainant. (IANS)

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BJP Holds Arvind Kejriwal Responsible For Sanitation Worker’s Death

According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain

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The new move the Arvind Kejriwal's party denounces the concept of digitalization
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The BJP on Monday held Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal responsible for the death of a sanitation worker in a drain saying that the government was playing with their lives as they are not given protective gear.

“This is not the first time that such an incident has happened. Due to the negligence of the government, sanitation staff goes for cleaning sewers and dies there after inhaling toxic fumes. They are never saved even after rescue operations,” Delhi BJP Chief Manoj Tiwari told reporters here.

His remarks come a day after a sanitation worker choked to death after he got trapped inside an underground drain while cleaning it in north Delhi’s Jahroda area.

The work of cleaning the drain was being carried out by the Delhi government’s flood control department.

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“Sanitation workers are our helpers and Kejriwal government is playing with their lives,” he said.

Highlighting the deaths of sanitation workers in Delhi in the past few years, the BJP MP from the North East Delhi Lok Sabha constituency said that in September 2018, five sanitation workers died while in August 2017, 10 died inside sewers.

“Kejriwal is responsible for the deaths of sanitation workers who die while cleaning sewers and the investigating agencies should take action against him,” he said.

Attacking Kejriwal, Tiwari said, “During the last three to four years, more than 60 workers have died.”

Arvind Kejriwal giving speech suring chanda bandh satyagrah
Arvind Kejriwal giving speech during chanda bandh satyagrah

He also accused Kejriwal of not fulfilling his promise of providing safety equipment to sewer workers and mechanical sweeping.

A senior Delhi Police official said that it has registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code over the death of the sanitation worker.

The sanitation worker has been identified as Kishan, 37, a resident of north Delhi’s Wazirabad area.

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According to police, he had gone to clean the drain but got trapped in the silt and garbage in the drain.

His body was taken out from the drain by a team of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) late on Sunday night. (IANS)