New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday rejected Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea seeking to stay proceedings in the criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him.
Earlier, it was requested from Kejriwal’s end that the two cases in different courts on the same should not run at the same time and proceedings of one of them atleast should be stayed.
But the High Court has dismissed the plea stating that there was no illegality in continuance of criminal proceedings before the magistrate.
In the civil defamation by the Delhi High Court do not bar the criminal proceeding initiated in a lower court. So certainly Kejriwal’s plea being rejected and now two parallel petitions which have been filed against him, one a civil defamation suit and second a criminal defamation suit, both can run concurrently.
One defamation case against Delhi CM Kejriwal was filed by Amit Sibal, for allegedly defamation by Kejriwal who said that he had received undue favours, while the other defamation suit was filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
First Published | 19 October 2016 5:29 PM