New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi chief minister Arvid Kejriwal is facing a real threat of being sent to jail in Arun Jaitley defamation case. The wily Chief Minister whose party lost badly in the assembly election in five states despite being projected as imminent winner in two states, is staring at another huge personal challenge.
Delhi’s Patiala House court on Saturday has framed charges against Kejriwal besides five other party leaders in the much talked about defamation case. A PTI report says that the court framed the charges against Kejriwal and others didn’t pleaded not guilty. All of them sought trial in the case whose next hearing is set to take place on May 20.
The issue is going to heat up in the coming days as the Municipal Corporation of Delhi come close. Earlier the Delhi High Court had granted suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad exemption from appearing before a trial court in the case. The DDCA and cricketer-turned-politician Chetan Chauhan had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Azad.
Earlier this month, famed lawyer, while appearing on behalf of Kejriwal had cross-examined Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The lawyer, among the best in the country, posed as many as 52 questions to the Finance Minister who is also the defence minister right now. The lawyer said that defamation case should be thrown out of the court as it was “unfounded”.