Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is facing a warrant in Assam for failing to appear in court yesterday over a defamation case in which he is accused of posting “baseless” tweets on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree.
The court in Diphu rejected Kejriwal’s excuse that he and Aam Aadmi Party are busy with their campaign for the April 23 Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) polls, and he needs more time to appear.
The judge said Kejriwal had failed to appear once before on 30 January, and issued a warrant of Rs 10,000.
His lawyer said he "cannot leave Delhi to attend the court hearing because of the civic election and the nature of his work because he is Chief Minister of Delhi".
The criminal defamation case was filed by Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar following a tweet in December in which Kejriwal alleged that the Prime Minister had studied only till Class X11 and his college degree was fake.
The comment was "baseless and misleading", said Mr Rongphar.
The court will take up the case next on 8 May.
As you are no doubt aware, Swarajya is a media product that is directly dependent on support from its readers in the form of subscriptions. We do not have the muscle and backing of a large media conglomerate nor are we playing for the large advertisement sweep-stake.
Our business model is you and your subscription. And in challenging times like these, we need your support now more than ever.
We deliver over 10 - 15 high quality articles with expert insights and views. From 7AM in the morning to 10PM late night we operate to ensure you, the reader, get to see what is just right.
Becoming a Patron or a subscriber for as little as Rs 999/year is the best way you can support our efforts.