In a criminal defamation case, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal his deputy Manish Sisodia and senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav appeared before a court in Delhi. Earlier in the day, the Delhi court directed them to appear before the court saying that there was no ground for exemption from their appearance.
The three AAP leaders had sought exemption from appearance for the day, citing the ongoing lawyers’ strike and the fact that the case was at a crucial stage and the presence of advocates was necessary.
Metropolitan Magistrate Mayuri Singh took strong view of absence the three AAP leaders and said they “have no respect for the law.” The case was put up before magistrate Singh as Metropolitan Magistrate Muneesh Garg, before whom the matter was going on, was on leave.
The complainant AAP leader Surender Sharma, who filed the defamation case against Kejriwal, was the AAP candidate from Shahdara during the recent Delhi elections. The candidature was later withdrawn following the disgruntled Sharma to file the case against them.
The AAP chief returned from Bengaluru yesterday after a 10-day naturopathy treatment. “Cough gone, sugar under control. Feeling fresh n fit. Am excited to return to resume work,” Kejriwal tweeted.