New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Monday filed a defamation case against activist turned politician Arvind Kejriwal for making defamatory remarks against her.
Dikshit’s political secretary Pawan Khera sent a legal notice through his lawyer Mehmood Pracha to Kejriwal for allegedly using filthy language against the CM. Kejriwal has been accused of making "derogatory remarks to maliciously defame" her and thus all those working in close proximity with her
Kejriwal had allegedly used the word “Dalal” for the chief minister during a TC show.
The legal notice has asked Kejriwal to "immediately withdraw all the allegations and aspersions made by you against Sheila Dikshit... which have thus defamed" the chief minister in the talk show at least on three prominent TV channels and newspapers "in equal, if not more prominence than the original defamatory content".
The notice demanded that Kejriwal should "tender an unconditional public apology through print and electronic media with regard to the said baseless allegations and aspersions and using foul and filthy language".
The notice says that "in case of failure to comply with this notice within a period of two days of receipt of this legal notice, you shall render yourselves jointly and severally liable to face appropriate civil as well as criminal proceedings under the relevant provisions of law at your risk as to cost and consequences".
Yesterday, in an apparent reference to Arvind Kejriwal whose party is planning to contest the next Assembly polls, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit today said people should not fall into the trap of "mischievous" elements and "seasonal frogs".
The India Against Corruption led by Kejriwal has been at loggerheads with the Delhi government over the demand that the hike in power tariff be rolled back. Kejriwal has asked people not to pay power bills till the tariff is brought down.
Kejriwal, who is leading a protest outside the office of BSES, one of Delhi’s power utility companies, responded to the defamation suit by saying, “Yes, we are defaming you (Sheila Dikhsit)…till the time you do injustice, we will continue to defame you and your party.”