Delhi Police on Wednesday arrested Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal and took him in judicial custody till May 23 after a court’s order in a defamation case filed by former BJP president Nitin Gadkari.
Gadkari had filed the defamation case before Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha where he contended that Kejriwal had tarnished his image by calling him corrupt.
The court recorded the statement of Gadkari and two other witnesses. The complaint said that on January 31, “Kejriwal has deliberately released the list of India’s most corrupt people mentioning his (Gadkari’s) name in a grossly irresponsible manner”.
Kejriwal “has deliberately tried to malign (Gadkari’s) image though he is not involved in any wrongful or corrupt act,” the complaint stated, requesting the court to act against the AAP chief and prosecute him for defaming the former BJP president.
Gadkari told the court that the false, baseless, scandalous, and defamatory statements and news items by Kejriwal against him have been widely published, circulated and read by public at large and have lowered his dignity in the eyes of the public.
He had added that such defamatory statements were made with ulterior motive and wrongful intent to malign and tarnish his image.
Being then a chief minister, Kejriwal failed to maintain the dignity of the post by making a false statement against a responsible and highly respected public figure, the petition said, filed by counsel Ajay Digpaul.
He added that the act was done with intention to harm the reputation of Gadkari, which would help Kejriwal to advance his political agenda and gain media attention.
The complainant also mentioned the name of Ashutosh, national spokesperson of AAP, for reiterating Kejriwal’s statement without verifying the correctness of allegations.