A Delhi Court, on Monday, admitted a criminal defamation case against BJP leaders Manoj Tiwari and Harish Khurana for allegedly making defamatory statements regarding the attack on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, reports ANI.

The case was filed by AAP leader Sushil Chauhan and the next date of hearing has been fixed for May 30.

Arvind Kejriwal was, on Saturday, May 4, slapped by a man while he was doing a roadshow in the Moti Nagar area of Delhi. The incident occurred when the Delhi CM was riding in an open vehicle as part of AAP’s election campaign. A man, aged around 30 years, wearing a red T-shirt climbed atop the vehicle and slapped the Delhi chief minister. The incident was captured on camera.

Sushil Chauhan had filed the criminal defamation complaint against Manoj Tiwari and Harish Khurana for allegedly claiming that it was Chauhan who had slapped Chief Minister Kejriwal. He has also sought the prosecution of Tiwari and Khurana for alleged criminal conspiracy to defame the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) by terming the incident as staged by Kejriwal.

“Accused number 1 (Tiwari) made an oral statement and accused number 2 (Khurana) made a written imputation on his Twitter account concerning the complainant and the AAP intending to harm the reputation of the complainant,” the complaint said.

(With PTI inputs)