In two different defamation cases filed against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the Supreme Court has stayed proceeding against the AAP supremo. The two different defamation cases against the Delhi Chief Minister were filed by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Nitin Gadkari and another by Advocate Surendra Kumar Sharma.
A bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice PC Pant has agreed to hear Kejriwal’s plea for decriminalizing defamation law. Earlier, CM Arvind Kejriwal had moved the apex court for stay on proceedings against him. The petition filed through advocate Chirag Shroff by Arvind Kejriwal said that penal provision for defamation is unconstitutional as it puts unreasonable restrictions on freedom of speech and expression, a right guaranteed by the Constitution. The provision is being misused and should be removed from the rule book, Kejriwal said.
In one case, Advocate Surendra Kumar Sharma had alleged that Aam Aadmi Party approached him and asked to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.
Surendra had claimed that on October 14, 2013, articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society.
In the second case, BJP leader and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari accused Arvind Kejriwal that the Delhi CM had included his name in the AAP’s list of “India’s most corrupt”. The AAP had, in last year, released a list of most corrupt politicians in the country which includes BJP leader Gadkari’s name.