Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Kirti Azad will appear before a Delhi court today, as they have been summoned over a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) and its vice-president Chetan Chauhan.
This comes after the Delhi high court on February 7th had slapped a fine of Rs 10,000 on Kejriwal and Rs 30,000 on Azad for delay in filing a response to the defamation suit.
The High Court’s Joint Registrar Anil Kumar Sisodia, who presided over the procedural aspects of a civil suit, directed that the costs of imposed on the chief minister, shall be paid to the cricketing body.
Whereas in Azad’s case, Rs. 20, 000 shall be paid to the DDCA and the rest shall be deposited in the Delhi High Court Legal Service Authority. Azad’s Legal counsel, during the hearing, said the MP was busy in the Parliament, so his reply should be accepted and the delay in response be condoned.
The defamation suit filed by the DDCA sought Rs 2 .5 crore each from Kejriwal and Azad for their alleged comments.
The DDCA had earlier alleged that Kejriwal with prior motive, indulged in certain false, shocking, scandalous, defamatory, baseless, slanderous, malicious, disgraceful and outrageous statements which seriously damaged and dented the image of cricketing body. Whereas Azad is facing defamation suit for alleged his defamatory criticism of the functioning and finances of the cricketing body.