In a major development, charges were framed by a local court on Friday against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, his party colleagues Sanjay Singh and Ashish Khetan in the defamation case filed by Punjab revenue minister Bikram Majithia.
Though the AAP leaders were not present during the hearing, Majithia appeared in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate Ravi Inder Kaur. The next date of hearing was fixed as January 4.
Majithia had filed a criminal defamation case in May this year against the AAP leaders who repeatedly targeted him on the drug issue. The minister had accused them of tarnishing his image and that of his family through false accusations.
Majithia’s counsel BS Sobti said, “In the last hearing on November 1, we had demanded framing of charges against them and the other party opposed it. The court today framed charges against the AAP leaders under Section 500, 501 and 34 IPC.”
MINISTER CALLS FOR DAY-TO-DAY HEARING
Addressing a press conference, Majithia said, “Kejriwal should resign as Delhi chief minister immediately. No public servant had any moral right to remain in office after framing of charges against him by a court.”
He added, “If you don’t resign even now, it will prove that you don’t go by your own party’s constitution. But I think it is too much to expect from you to act honourably.”
The minister also asked Kejriwal to move an application for a day-to-day hearing in the case. Observing that he has full faith in law, Majithia said, “Kejriwal must understand that this is not Delhi but Punjab. People here fight for their honour. The Delhi CM must stop daydreaming of forming a government in Punjab.”
Majithia said he would not rest till the case was taken to its logical conclusion. “Jail is the only road ahead. The day is not far when an official vehicle will drive Kejriwal to jail,” he added.