A Delhi court on Wednesday granted AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal exemption from personal appearance in a criminal defamation complaint filed against him by an advocate.
As per reports, the court of Metropolitan magistrate Muneesh Gargis also exempted two other AAP leaders from personal appearance in connection with the case.
The court had earlier reserved its order for February 11 on framing of charges against Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav, who were released on bail after they had appeared in the court on 4 June last year in pursuance to summons against them.
The summons were issued on the complaint of advocate Surender Kumar Sharma under Section 499, Section 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the court saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused.
“The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society,” the court had said.
However, the court had rejected the complainant’s plea that AAP leaders had conspired and cheated him, saying in the absence of the very element of deception, there was no prima facie material against any of the accused for the offence of cheating and criminal conspiracy.
Sharma had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest Delhi Assembly election on a party ticket saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.
He filled up the application form to contest the polls after being told by Sisodia and Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee of the party had decided to give him the ticket. However, it was later denied to him.