Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court has issued non-bailable warrant against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and National president of Swaraj India Yogendra Yadav after they didn't appear in a defamation case filed by a lawyer Surender Sharma.
According to PTI, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the non-bailable warrants against Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, and Yogendra Yadav, who was then in the AAP, after noting that nobody appeared from their side during a hearing in the case.
Delhi CM's lawyer apprised court that permanent exemption has already been allowed for CM & Deputy CM. Hearing for cancellation of warrant to be held tomorrow.Petitioner says his candidature from AAP was cancelled in 2013 at last moment & published in media in a defamatory manner https://t.co/gLr9SvWrPF— ANI (@ANI) April 23, 2019
However, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal’s lawyer apprised court that permanent exemption has already been allowed for CM & Deputy CM. The hearing for cancellation of a warrant to be held on Wednesday (tomorrow).
Petitioner Sharma, a lawyer by profession has said that his candidature from AAP was cancelled in 2013 at last moment & published in media in a defamatory manner, following which he filed a defamation case against Aam Aadmi Party top leaders.
He had said that in 2013, he was approached by AAP volunteers who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Arvind Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.
The summonses were issued on the complaint under sections 499, 500 (defamation) and 34 (common intention) of the IPC, with the trial court saying there was prima facie material to summon the accused.