New Delhi,Oct 19 : Delhi High Court is likely to deliver on Wednesday its decision on Chief Minister Kejriwal’s plea to stay the proceedings before a trial court in a criminal defamation case filed against him and his party by Arun Jaitley.
According to Kejriwal’s plea, the cases were filed for civil and criminal, also filed against AAP leaders on the same allegations and the trial court should have stayed the proceedings in the matter, but it had declined.
“The trial court judge had said that he has no power to stay the proceedings,” senior advocate Ram Jethmalani, appearing for Kejriwal had said during the arguments by quoting from the lower court’s order and had added, “Power to stay can be exercised by postponing the matter also” .
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint alleging Kejriwal and five AAP leaders – Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai – had defamed him in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy.
On 7 April, the trial court had granted bail to Kejriwal on 7 April. Arun Jaitley on 21 December, 2015 filed the criminal defamation case against the AAP leaders and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail.