A Delhi court on Saturday reserved its order for February 28 on the plea filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari seeking that former Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal be summoned as an accused in a defamation complaint.

Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha reserved the verdict after hearing arguments on the complaint filed by Mr. Gadkari alleging that he was defamed by the Aam Aadmi Party leader who had included his name in the party’s list of “India’s most corrupt”.

Senior advocate Pinki Anand and advocate Ajay Digpaul, who appeared for Mr. Gadkari, argued that Mr. Kejriwal had made the statement against the BJP leader with a “malafide intention” to tarnish the image and lower the dignity of their client.

The counsel contended that Mr. Kejriwal had made “baseless and false allegation” against Mr. Gadkari.

The court had earlier on February 18 recorded statements of Mr. Gadkari and advocate Neeraj as complainant witnesses in the complaint.

Mr. Gadkari in his statement had claimed the former Delhi Chief Minister had included his name in the list of alleged corrupt politician 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 people with the knowledge that the same are false, without any basis and with the malafide intention to defame and tarnish my reputation,” he had said.

The former BJP president had said that on January 31 this year, Mr. Kejriwal had issued a list of alleged “India’s most corrupt” in which he had named various politicians, including him.

On January 31, Mr. Kejriwal had accused several politicians of being “corrupt” and had said AAP will field candidates against them in coming Lok Sabha polls.