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Gadkari Seeks Defamation Case Against Kejriwal

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday deposed before a city court, seeking criminal defamation proceedings against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly defaming him by including his name on his party’s list of “India’s most corrupt” politicians.

Published: 19th February 2014 08:16 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2014 08:16 AM   |  A+A-

BJP leader Nitin Gadkari on Tuesday deposed before a city court, seeking criminal defamation proceedings against AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly defaming him by including his name on his party’s list of “India’s most corrupt” politicians.

Testifying as a complainant’s witness, Gadkari claimed that the former Delhi Chief Minister had included his name on the list to tarnish his public image.

“The accused (Kejriwal) is in the habit of making false and defamatory statements without any basis. The statements made by the accused and his party members have damaged and tarnished my image in the eyes of the people. The said statements have been made maliciously by the accused person and his party workers with the knowledge that they are false, without any basis and with the mala fide intention to defame and tarnish my reputation,” Gadkari told Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha.

After Gadkari’s statement, the court also recorded the testimony of another witness, advocate Neeraj, and posted the matter for a February 22 hearing on whether to summon Kejriwal as an accused.

During the recording of the statement, the 57-year-old former BJP president said that being a public person, Kejriwal shouldn’t make such “baseless and false allegation” against him.

Kumar Files Case

BJP general secretary and Bangalore South MP Ananth Kumar filed a defamation case against former Delhi CM Aravind Kejriwal for allegedly making defamatory statements against him during a meeting in New Delhi on January 31.

The case has been filed with a city civil And sessions court. Kumar has also got an ex-parte injunction order issued, restraining Kejriwal from making further defamatory statements until the case is heard.

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