Non-bailable warrants have been issued against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and psephologist-turned-politician Yogendra Yadav by a Delhi court for failing to appear before it in a criminal defamation complaint filed in 2013 by a lawyer.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal issued the warrants against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders and Mr Yadav, who was then a member of the party too, after noting that nobody was present from their side during hearing on the complaint filed by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma.
The complainant had alleged that in 2013 he was approached by volunteers of AAP who had asked him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying Mr Kejriwal was pleased with his social services.
He filled up the application form to contest the polls after being told by Mr Sisodia and Mr Yadav that AAP’s Political Affairs Committee had decided to give him the ticket. However, it was later denied to him.
On October 14, 2013, Mr. Sharma claimed that articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which have lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society.
The AAP leaders had submitted that cancellation or allotment of an election ticket is the prerogative of the party and the complainant had not divulged correct information as to the cases pending against him.
On the basis of the complaint, the trial court had earlier sought their presence before it in the case and granted bail to the three leaders after they appeared before it.