Defamation complaint against Kejriwal: Court defers hearing
NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Monday deferred the hearing on a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Vijender Gupta against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia for allegedly "maligning" his image by accusing him of attempting to kill the AAP chief. The matter was adjourned for June 26 as the concerned judge was on leave. In the complaint, Gupta, who is the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, has sought Rs 1 crore as compensation from Kejriwal and Sisodia, besides litigation costs.
He claimed that due to widespread circulation of tweets and news reports on the statement of the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, his reputation was harmed for which they have not expressed any remorse or apologised.
"The accused persons have damaged the complainant's image, image of BJP and its leaders, supporters and workers badly and have tarnished his reputation and defamed him by making frivolous and scandalous statements against him and the BJP," Gupta claimed in the complaint.
He alleged the statements of the accused were made with "ulterior motives" to degrade his reputation, malign his image and gain some cheap political mileage in the 2019 general elections. "It was also apparent that false narrative against the complainant was being circulated in a motivated manner and for the fulfilment of an agenda," he claimed.
Gupta said the allegation that he was attempting to murder Kejriwal was malicious, deliberate and defamatory.
"These allegations are not only awful and disquieting, but distressing and defaming. The complainant can't even think of hurting someone knowingly and voluntarily much less planning to assassinate/kill/murder Kejriwal," he said.