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Delhi court stays NBWs against Kejriwal, Sisodia
(Agencies)- A Delhi court on Wednesday stayed the non-bailable warrants against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a criminal defamation case of 2013.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal stayed their warrants on an application by them.
'Not supposed to appear'
They argued that they were not supposed to appear either in person or through their lawyer in the hearing on Tuesday.
The court had issued the warrants against them and Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav asking them to appear before on April 29 when it found that nobody was present from their side in the hearing of the case.
Complainant advocate Surender Kumar Sharma has alleged in his complaint that he was asked by the AAP in 2013 to contest the Delhi Assembly election on a party ticket, but he later read an article in a leading daily quoting a party statement wherein it was claimed that he was being replaced since he had criminal cases pending against him.
He alleged that he was approached by the AAP to contest the elections as Mr. Kejriwal was pleased with his social work. He further said that he had filled in the application for contesting the polls on an AAP ticket and was informed by Mr. Sisodia and Mr. Yadav that the Political Affairs Committee of the party had decided to give him the ticket, following which he started his campaign and incurred an expense of ?5 lakh.
He had read articles in leading daily newspapers in which "derogatory and defamatory language" was used against him by the accused persons, which affected his reputation and his practice, the complainant said.
Summoning the three leaders, the court had said: "The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in newspapers, which affected the reputation of complainant in society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society."
"In the totality of facts and circumstances, considering the deposition of complainant and other evidence on record, I find prima facie material to summon the accused persons for offence under Sections 499/500/34 IPC," the court had further said.
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