The district courts issued non-bailable warrants against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kanwar Sandhu on Saturday in a 2013 defamation case.
Justice Rajinder Singh Nagpal issued the warrants when neither Sandhu nor his lawyer appeared for the hearing. Complainant Fastway Transmission had accused Sandhu of calling the company “cable mafia”. Fastway Cables is owned by Gurdeep Jujhar, a close associate of Punjab’s ruling family of the Badals.
The judge had asked Sandhu to appear before the court on July 12 but when he did not show up, called him on July 13, warning him that skipping this time would invite non-bailable warrants.
Kanwar Sandhu’s lawyer Harpreet Sandhu said there had been a confusion about communicating the hearing date. “Our being absent wasn’t intentional or to disrespect the court orders. We will present our case soon,” he said.
In May, the AAP had accused the cable television company of tax evasion and asked for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to look into it. Kanwar Sandhu, apart from calling the company “cable mafia”, had also accused it of tax fraud in collusion with deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal for the past more than eight years.