(Reopens LGD 39)

first_imgReferring to Jaitleys statement recorded before it, the court said he had relied upon ample material “delineating the individual statements made by accused persons, their tweets, re-tweets and allegations made in the press conference, thus spelling out their specific role in the transaction.””Considering the aforesaid facts and circumstances, taking a prima facie view, in my opinion there are sufficient grounds to summon accused persons namely Arvind Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha, Deepak Bajpai for the offence under section 500 (defamation) IPC read with section 34 (common intention) IPC,” it said.The court said even though Ashutosh and Kumar Vishwas are residents of Noida and Ghaziabad and beyond its territorial jurisdiction but further inquiry under section 202 of CrPC, relating to postponement of process, was not warranted in this matter as evidence were primarily of a documentary nature.”No fruitful purpose would be served by protracting the enquiry any further and the evidence already recorded shall suffice also for purposes of section 202 of CrPC. Therefore, there is no reason to postpone the issue of process and embark on a further inquiry,” it said.In his complaint, Jaitley had alleged that Kejriwal and others had made defamatory statements that he and his family had made pecuniary gains by associating with M/s 21st Century Media Pvt Ltd, a sports management firm.The court had earlier recorded statements of Jaitley and four other complainant witnesses in the case.On January 5, Jaitley had appeared in the court and said that Kejriwal and five AAP leaders had made “false and defamatory” statements. He had rejected the charge that he had siphoned off money from DDCA for his own benefit.advertisementDuring recording of his statement, Jaitley had said that their statements against him and his family members lowered his dignity in the eyes of the public at large.Jaitley had said Kejriwals statement that he received money when the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium was constructed during his tenure as the DDCA Chief, was false as Board of Directors had constituted a committee to supervise the work and he was not a member of this supervisory committee.Jaitley was the DDCA President from December 1999 to December 2013.Jaitley had on December 21, 2015 filed the criminal defamation case against them and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of upto two years in jail. PTI UK ABA VMNlast_img

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