A court in New Delhi granted exemption to Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday from personal appearance in a defamation case filed by BJP parliamentarian Ramesh Bidhuri.
Kejriwal’s counsel Rishikesh Kumar and Neha Rastogi told metropolitan magistrate Harvinder Singh that Kejriwal has to attend a government meeting and he would not be able to attend court.
Defence counsel assured the court that Kejriwal will appear before the court on the next date of hearing.
The court allowed Kejriwal’s plea seeking exemption and fixed June 6 as the next date of hearing.
The court was hearing a defamation complaint filed by Bidhuri, alleging that Kejriwal had made defamatory statements against him and termed him a criminal in an interview to a private channel on July 17 last year.
Bidhuri told the court that Kejriwal’s statements maligned his image.