Kejriwal to face trial in Arun Jaitley defamation case as court frames charges

Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders pled not guilty to Jaitley's accusation and chose to stand trial.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to face trial in the criminal defamation case that was filed against him by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Delhi's Patiala House court today framed charges against the Aam Aadmi Party chief after he pled not guilty to Jaitley's accusations.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass framed the defamation charges against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, all of whom pled not guilty in the case.

The next hearing in the case will take place May 20.

Today's court date was marked by heated arguments from both sides, delaying and even disrupting the hearing. The arguments forced the court to order the two opposing lawyers to leave the courtroom for their misconduct.

WHAT IS THE CASE?

Arun Jaitley filed civil and criminal defamation cases against Aam Aadmi Party leaders Arvind Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai.

The cases relate to Kejriwal and the other accused statements alleging that Arun Jaitley was involved in a Delhi & District Cricket Association scam during his time at the cricketing body.

Jaitley alleged that that the six accused made false accusations against him in order to score political points and in the process caused irreversibly harmed Jaitley's reputation.

The union minister, who is also a lawer, was previously cross-examined by Ram Jethmalani. The courtroom exchange between the two legal luminaries was heavily talked about on social media.

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