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Defamation case: Kejriwal, Sisodia appear in court

The matter has now been fixed for cross-examination of Amit Sibal by the accused on May 2.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Saturday appeared before a court in New Delhi in connection with a criminal defamation complaint filed against them by former union minister Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal.

Mr. Kejriwal, Mr. Sisodia, noted advocate Prashant Bhushan and Shazia Ilmi, who has quit the Aam Aadmi Party, appeared before Metropolitan Magistrate Sunil Kumar Sharma who recorded Mr. Sibal’s statement in the matter in which all four of them are facing trial.

As the matter commenced before the court, advocate Rahul Mehra, appearing for the accused, moved an application seeking exemption from personal appearance for Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia.

Mr. Mehra said that Mr. Kejriwal has gone to St Stephen’s College to attend the convocation function, while Mr. Sisodia had a meeting with the Union Home Minister.

He, however, said if the court would direct them to appear on Saturday, they would do so later in the day.

Advocate Mohit Mathur, who appeared for Mr. Sibal, opposed the plea seeking exemption for Mr. Kejriwal saying whether a college convocation was more important than attending the court proceedings.

“He (Kejriwal) is willing to attend the convocation but not bow down before the court. This is very strange,” he said.

Mr. Mathur, however, did not oppose Mr. Sisodia’s exemption plea.

At this juncture, Mr. Mehra told the court that Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia would appear before it at 12.30 pm.

Thereafter, when the court started recording Mr. Sibal’s statement, Mr. Kejriwal and Mr. Sisodia appeared before it. Mr. Bhushan and Ms. Ilmi were also present.

The matter has now been fixed for cross-examination of Mr. Sibal by the accused on May 2.

The court on September 20 last year had put all the four accused on trial for charge under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC.

The accused had not pleaded guilty to the offence and had claimed trial.

The court had on July 24 last year summoned Mr. Kejriwal, Mr. Sisodia, Mr. Bhushan and Ms. Ilmi in the criminal defamation case filed by Amit Sibal, who is a senior lawyer.

Mr. Sibal had alleged that AAP leaders had said he had taken advantage of his father’s position to represent a telecom company in the court cases.

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