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HC sends notice to Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Friday issued notice to Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation suit filed by Congress parliamentarian Avtar Singh Bhadana against the former Delhi chief minister.

Bhadana, Lok Sabha member from Faridabad, Haryana, has sought a written apology and Rs.1 crore compensation from Kejriwal for "tarnishing my reputation in the eyes of my constituents".

Arvind Kejriwal

Justice A.K. Pathak sought Kejriwal's response and posted the matter for May 6.

The plea said that Kejriwal in a public statement Jan 31 called Bhadana "one of the most corrupt persons of India".

The petition also sought a permanent injunction against Kejriwal restraining him from making any further allegations against the Congress parliamentarian before the Lok Sabha elections this year.

The plea said that Bhadana has served a legal notice to Kejriwal, seeking a written apology for the statement but the AAP leader has not apologised.

"The AAP leader made false and baseless allegations against respected leaders of various political parties, business houses and business institutions," the plea added.

Kejriwal, in a press statement Jan 31, said the AAP had drawn up a list of "dishonest politicians of the country" and would definitely field candidates against them in the parliamentary elections.

Court refuses to entertain plea against Kejriwal

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking directions to the CBI to register a case of cheating and corruption against former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on charges of misleading the people by making "false promises".

Acting Chief Justice B.D. Ahmed and Justice Sidharth Mridul asked advocate M.L. Sharma, who filed the public interest litigation (PIL), to lodge a police complaint instead if he desired.

"File an FIR for cheating if you want. Who is stopping you? Don't make everything a PIL. It is not in the interest of the public," the bench said while refusing to entertain the plea.

"There is nothing to prevent petitioner as a member of the public to go to police and lodge an FIR... Accordingly, we dismiss this writ petition."

The PIL was filed against Kejriwal, former education minister Manish Sisodia and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).

The plea alleged that they misled people by making "false promises" in the AAP election manifesto in a bid to enjoy power.

The plea asked the court to decide whether making false declarations in the election manifesto to secure votes amounted to cheating and criminal breach of trust.

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