Court to hear defamation complaint against Kejriwal

New Delhi, Nov 13 :  A court here on Monday agreed to hear a criminal defamation complaint filed by a Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) leader against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Sanjay Singh.

After considering the complaint filed by Ankit Bhardwaj — a state executive member of the BJYM, the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Metropolitan Magistrate Vishal Pahuja listed the matter for March 28, 2018, for recording statements of the complainant and the witnesses in the case.

Bhardwaj, in his complaint said that on May 10, a person reportedly named Ankit Bhardwaj attacked sacked Delhi minister Kapil Mishra when he was sitting on a protest and it was later found that the attacker was an AAP volunteer.

But AAP activists and some senior leaders picked Ankit Bhardwaj of the BJP and declared that he was the one who attacked Mishra and also spread this information in the media as well as social media.

Sanjay Singh also declared him as the assailant by showing his Facebook profile and Kejriwal retweeted a tweet naming him as the accused, the BJYM leader said.

He alleged that the AAP members’ acts had tarnished his image in the minds of party leaders, relatives, friends and the public at large, and thus harmed his reputation.