New Delhi: A Delhi court Thursday took cognizance of a criminal defamation complaint filed by Delhi BJP leader Vijender Gupta against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia for allegedly “maligning” his image by accusing him of attempting to kill the AAP chief.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal posted the matter for June 24 when Gupta’s statement will be recorded.
Gupta, who is the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, has claimed in the complaint that due to the widespread circulation of tweets and news reports on the statement of the two Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, his reputation was harmed for which they have not expressed any remorse or apologized.
He has sought Rs 1 crore as compensation from Kejriwal and Sisodia, besides the litigation costs.
He has alleged that the statements of the accused were made with “ulterior motives” to harm his reputation, malign his image and gain some cheap political mileage in the 2019 general elections.
During the recent Lok Sabha polls, Kejriwal had said in an interview to a Punjabi channel that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wanted to get him killed by his own Personal Security Officer (PSO) in the manner in which Indira Gandhi had been assassinated.
Sisodia, the Deputy Chief Minister, had accused Gupta of being a part of the alleged conspiracy.
Deputy Chief Minister Sisodia shot back and accused Gupta of being a part of the conspiracy to kill Arvind Kejriwal.
“BJP is conspiring to get the CM killed. This tweet by @Gupta_vijender has proved that the BJP is getting the daily security plan of the CM and it is hatching a conspiracy to kill the CM on this basis. Vijender Gupta is also a part of this conspiracy,” he said quoting Gupta’s tweet.
Earlier in the day, Gupta tweeted, “I have filed a defamation case in Patiala House court against them (Kejriwal and Sisodia) as they did not reply to my legal notice.”
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— Vijender Gupta (@Gupta_vijender) June 6, 2019