In a major setback for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal the Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed his plea to stay the trial court’s proceedings in a criminal defamation case filed against him by Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
The Delhi High Court upheld the trial court’s May 19 order of dismissing Kejriwal’s plea that there are two cases – one civil and another criminal – filed against him and five AAP leaders and one of them should be stayed.
However the court ruled that the two cases had no relation and therfore turned down Kejriwal’s plea.
quot;The request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate CMM is rejected being devoid of merit and the same is culminated into dismissal of the present petitionquot; Justice P S Teji said.
quot;Nothing have been brought before this court to the effect that continuation of criminal proceedings is abuse of the process of law before the CMM and any order is required by this court to secure the ends of justicequot; it added.
Meanwhile the High Court had in July issued notice to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Kejriwal’s plea seeking stay on the proceedings in the case.
Jaitley had filed the criminal defamation complaint alleging Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders had allegedly defamed him in the Delhi District Cricket Association DDCA controversy.
Jaitley who was the DDCA president from December 1999 to December 2013 said the allegations against him and his family lowered his dignity in the eyes of the public.
Besides the criminal defamation case Jaitley also filed a civil defamation suit before the Delhi High Court seeking Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family over alleged wrongdoing in the DDCA when he was its President.