The Patiala House Court in New Delhi (File Photo)
The Patiala House Court in New Delhi (File Photo)

Court summons Kejriwal to appear in defamation case on April 30

ANI | Updated: Mar 15, 2019 18:24 IST

New Delhi (India) Mar 15 (ANI): A Patiala House court on Friday summoned Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal as an accused in a criminal defamation suit filed against him by a Delhi BJP leader. 
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Samar Vishal asked Kejriwal to be present in the court on April 30.
The ACMM also issued summonses to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Sushil Gupta, Manoj Kumar and Atishi Marlena.
The court observed that the allegations made by Kejriwal and others are prima facie defamatory and refer to Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP).
The summonses have been issued for the commission of offence of defamation under section 500 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), it said.
The court was hearing a petition filed by Delhi BJP leader Rajiv Babbar claiming that the Chief Minister had stated that a total 30 lakh names of electors belonging to 'Baniya', Muslims and others communities were allegedly deleted from the voters' lists by BJP.
Babbar contended that the voters' lists were a prerogative of the Election Commission and not that of BJP. (ANI)