19 October, New Delhi
The Delhi High Court Wednesday dismissed the plea of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to stay a trial court proceedings in a criminal defamation case against him and other AAP leaders filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Justice P S Teji said the request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) is rejected, being devoid of merit and the same is culminated into dismissal of the present petition.
He observed that nothing have been brought before this court to the effect that continuation of criminal proceedings is abuse of the process of law.
In his plea, Kejriwal contended that there are two cases–one civil and the other criminal–filed against AAP leaders on the same allegations and the trial court should have stayed the proceedings in the matter.
Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint alleging Kejriwal and five AAP leaders had defamed him in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy.