A Delhi court on Friday granted bail to suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad in a criminal defamation complaint of an under-19 cricketer’s father for allegedly making false statements with “mala fide intention” regarding his son’s selection in team for Vijay Hazare Trophy.
Further hearing is scheduled on November 16.
Azad claimed that many false cases are filed against him as he raised the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA)’s corruption issue which allegedly took place during Union finance minister Arun Jaitley’s tenure as the cricketing body’s President.
“Those who had to be in jail are filing cases against me. But I am determined to send all the theives to jail,” Azad said outside the court.
The court had on July 11 summoned as accused Azad, Bishan Singh Bedi and two others .
Bedi was from personal appearance on Friday as he was unwell.
Complainant Tejbir Singh had earlier told the court that a media briefing was held by Azad, Bedi, former cricketer Surender Khanna and Sameer Bahadur, in which they had alleged that Rs 25 lakh was paid for the young cricketer’s selection.
“The said the allegation has brought disrepute to the player who is performing well and has made it into the playing squad on his own merit,” the counsel had said.
“All accused have been members of the Cricket Improvement Committee and in furtherance of conspiracy and in connivance, have committed several offences besides offence of defamation as defined and made punishable under section 499 and 500 of IPC,” the plea said.
“Such explicit false imputations and malafide statements have been made with specific intention to defame complainant and his son and with intent to lowering their reputation and esteem in the eyes of the public at large,” it said.