‘Appear In Person Before Court To Take Bail In Defamation Case’: Delhi Court Directs Arvind Kejriwal Arvind Kejriwal with Ashish Khaitan (L) (Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

A Delhi Court has directed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to personally appear before the court in order to take bail in a defamation case against him.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja while posting the matter for 13 December observed: "It is pertinent to note that the accused has not taken bail till date. Accordingly, matter is adjourned for furnishing bail bonds as well as framing of formal notice under section 251 CrPC...Accused is directed to appear in person on the next date of hearing."

The court's order came in while it was hearing a defamation complaint filed by Vikas Sankrityayan, who claimed that on 6 May, 2018, a YouTube video titled 'BJP IT Cell Part 2' was circulated by Dhruv Rathee, who lives in Germany, "wherein a number of false and defamatory allegations were made".

Sankrityayan said that the Delhi Chief Minister retweeted the video from his twitter account without checking the authenticity of the video.

"The complainant alleged that the allegations made against him in the video are false, malicious and defamatory and it has lowered the reputation of the complainant in the eyes of right thinking members of the society. So far no proof has been tendered on the allegations," the complaint said.

He said that since Kejriwal was followed by crores of people "due to which the video has reached to a large number of people not only in India but internationally."

(This story has been published from a wire agency feed without modifications to the text. Only the headline has been changed.)

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