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Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal got stay in cases of Defamation, SC asked Centre to reply on his plea

New Delhi: Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal got relief of stay against his prosecution in the cases of defamation by the order of Hon’ble Supreme Court of India pronounced on this Friday.

There are two complaints of Defamation against the present Chief Minister of Delhi, Arvind Kejriwal and in relation thereto Hon’ble Apex Court granted stay of prosecution of CM Kejriwal. Not only this but the Hon’ble Court also required the Central Government to file reply to the plea of CM, where he has challenged the Constitutional validity of the Penal provisions.

Hon’ble Apex Court while ordering furnishing of reply from the Centre, said that the same notice will be returnable within the period of six weeks and the proceedings in criminal Defamation cases against Delhi’s CM, Arvind Kejriwal, should be stayed before the Trial Courts at Delhi.

The said order was passed by a Bench of Hon’ble Supreme Court, comprising Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Prafulla C. Pant.

The present complaints of Defamation were filed by the Union Minister for Road Transport and Highways, Mr. Nitin Gadkari and ex political Secretary of Sheila Dikshit, Mr. Pawan Khera, wherein now the Hon’ble Court has stayed the proceedings.

Out of these two complaints in one complaint Mr. Nitin Gadkari in his allegation stated that the Leader of Aam Aadmi Party- AAP, Mr. Kejriwal has included his name in the list of Party named “India’s Most Corrupt” and as such he has defamed him. In pursuance to the said allegations, a Trial is pending before Trial Court and in the recent past the Union Minister concerned has recorded his statements, partly, in relation to his case.

Further, in another complaint of defamation against CM, Arvind Kejriwal, which is pending at Trial Court of Karkardooma since from the year 2013, the Ex political Secretary of Sheila Dikshit, Mr. Pawan Khera alleged Kejriwal’s remarks against the Former Chief Minister during the period of protests over power tariff hike, in the month of October, 2012. Allegations includes the utterance of defamatory words by Mr. Kejriwal and also he had allegedly stated that the then Dikshit Government was stalling the move of Delhi Electricity Regulatory Commission to cut power tariff by 23 % in the year 2010.

by Faim Khalilkhan Pathan.