NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal along with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and senior Aam Aadmi Party leader Yogendra Yadav on Tuesday appeared before the court in connection with a defamation case.
The court deferred the case for the next hearing on May 2. Earlier in the day, the court directed Arvind Kejriwal & two other Aam Aadmi Party leaders for non-appearance in a defamation case against them, saying there was no ground for exemption from their appearance.
During the hearing, the court said the exemption application displayed no reason for the absence of the accused.
"There is nothing to reflect why accused (Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav) have not appeared. Accused have no respect for law. Considering no one has appeared for accused, I am keeping the matter pending at 2 pm. Call at 2 PM," the magistrate said.
Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia and Yogendra Yadav had sought exemption from personal appearance for the day, but Delhi Court has pulled up them, saying that Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav have no respect for the law.
The court was scheduled to pronounce its order on the issue of framing of charges against them in a criminal defamation complaint filed by an advocate Surender Kumar Sharma.
The court had earlier reserved order for February 11 and had granted exemption to the three AAP leaders from personal exemption for that day and had given them a last opportunity to positively appear before it on March 17.
In 2013, Sharma had alleged that 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 (PAC) had decided to give him the ticket.
However, it was later denied to him. Later in October 2013, the complainant claimed that articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which have lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society.