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Delhi HC asks Kejriwal to reply to Congress MP`s defamation plea

PTI | Last Updated: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 18:23

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought a response from former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on a plea of a Congress MP seeking damages of Rs one crore from the AAP leader on the grounds that he has been defamed.

"Issue notice to respondent. Original documents pertaining to the suit be filed within four weeks," Justice A K Pathak said and fixed the petition of Faridabad MP Avtar Singh Bhadana for hearing on May 6.
The court, however, refused to pass any interim order on the petition of the lawmaker saying "people are winning elections even from jail. Common public is not so bothered about all this."

Bhadana, in his defamation lawsuit, has sought the damages of Rs 1 crore from Kejriwal on the ground that the former Chief Minister had tarnished his image by branding him as "corrupt".
The Congress MP has contended in his petition that Kejriwal on January 31 this year in a public statement termed him as one of the "most corrupt persons in India".

"The defendant (Kejriwal) who himself is an elected representative of Delhi has chosen to name him (Bhadana) on January 31, 2014 as one of most corrupt persons of India in his public statement causing serious damage to plaintiff`s reputation among his electorates, peers and supporters throughout India with a view to take electoral advantage in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections in 2014," it said.

The petition also stated, "this is sad and unfortunate that, instead of giving constructive criticism, defendant is making false and baseless allegations against respected leaders of various political parties and business houses and business institutions."

Bhadana has contended in his plea that despite sending a legal notice to Kejriwal, the AAP leader has not withdrawn his comments nor apologised for the same.

The petition has also sought a permanent injunction against Kejriwal restraining him from making any allegations against the Congress MP.

First Published: Wednesday, February 19, 2014 - 18:23

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