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Court summons Kejriwal, others in defamation case

Agency | March 15, 2019 04:31 PM

NEW DELHI: A Delhi court on Friday issued summons to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and three others in a defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Rajeev Babbar.

Additional Chief Metroplitan Magistrate Samar Vishal asked Kejriwal, Rajya Sabha member Sushil Kumar Gupta, MLA Manoj Kumar and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Atishi Malena to appear before him on April 30.

Babbar has sought proceedings against Kejriwal and others for harming the reputation of the BJP by blaming the BJP for the deletion of names of "voters" from the electoral rolls in Delhi.

"All the accused made accusations against BJP in a calculated manner with the sole intention to portray a negative image of BJP in relation to the voters belonging to certain sections of society, namely, Bania, Poorvanchalis, Muslims, among others. The reputation of the complainant has been damaged beyond repair," Babbar said.

Babbar has alleged that Kejriwal has not only defamed the BJP but also all the people who are associated with the party.

"The statement of the accused (Kejriwal) was made with ulterior motives to degrade the reputation of the BJP to gain cheap political mileage in the upcoming elections," Babbar said in his plea filed through advocate Neeraj, S. N. Verma and Pooja Suri.

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