Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal learned that he has to face trial in a Delhi court in a defamation case that was filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Another court has summoned him and also ordered him to face the trial on defamation charges. Former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan has sued the Chief Minister.
Hearing Mr Jaitley's allegations, the Delhi Court said that Mr Kejriwal had exhibited "dilatory tactics to delay trial" and he must be present in court on 25th March when charges will be framed against him and five other senior leaders of Aam Aadmi Party.
He has to appear in the other Delhi court also on February 18 in the case filed by Chetan Chauhan(BJP).
In December 2015, Mr Jaitley filed civil and defamation case against the Chief Minister and the other AAP leaders for accusing him of corruption associated to Delhi's cricket body DDCA which he headed for around 13 years till 2013. The other AAP leaders who named in the case - Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Bajpai. He also filed a civil suit seeking Rs 10 crore in damages after filing a criminal complaint.
On the other hand, Chetan Chauhan has filed defamation charges against the Mr Kejriwal and suspended BJP lawmaker Kirti Azad for alleging a sex racket in the DDCA(Delhi & District Cricket Association) when Mr Chauhan was its vice president.
Both Arun Jaitley and Arvind Kejriwal did not appear in the court today claiming to be busy in one or the other tasks.
Mr Kejriwal's lawyer Rishikesh Kumar said that the dismissal of their petition will be challenged.
Last year, both the Delhi High Court and the Supreme Court had dismissed Mr Kejriwal's request of suspending the Finance Minister's defamation case against him.