Modi defamation case: Assam court issues warrant against Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister
Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi Chief Minister

An Assam court has issued a bailable warrant of Rs 10000 against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on April 10 after he failed to appear in the court more than once in case against one of his tweets against Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar filed a case against Kejriwal on his remarks on PM Modi’s educational qualification in a tweet.

“Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai,” Kejriwal had said in his tweet. He had also tweeted that Delhi University was ‘refusing’ to show records of Narendra Modi’s degree as he never graduated from it.

“The Aam Aadmi Party leader cannot leave Delhi to attend the court hearing because of the civic election and the nature of his work because he is Chief Minister of Delhi”. Kejriwal’s lawyer said. The court, however, dismissed the request saying that Kejriwal had failed to appear in the previous hearing also.    “We have seen the petition submitted by Gurpreet Singh Uppal showing the ground that it is not possible for the accused, namely Arvind Kejriwal, to leave Delhi due to the municipality election in Delhi,” the Court order read.   “On perusal of the record, it reveals that the accused has not appeared before this court on the earlier occasion on 30/1/2017 too, availing adjournment of more than two months. Considering this, the petition of Gurpreet Singh Uppal is rejected and a bailable warrant of arrest of Rs.10,000 has been issued against the said accused. Complainant to take the step. The next date for appearance is fixed on May 8, 2017,” it added.

The Congress used the warrant to ask what was so secretive about the PM’s educational qualification.

Kejriwal has alleged that Modi has submitted wrong information about his education. He also demanded that the prime minister’s educational certificates should be made public.

However, the PMO has denied the charge.

The case is to be heard on May 8.

The Aam Aadmi Party leader is also facing a Defamation Case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.