Defamation case: Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh move Gujarat HC on summons

A sessions court has upheld the summons issued against Kejriwal and Singh in a defamation case over their comments on PM Modi's educational qualification

Gujarat High Court had earlier refused Kejriwal and Singh's plea for an interim stay (photo: IANS)
Gujarat High Court had earlier refused Kejriwal and Singh's plea for an interim stay (photo: IANS)


Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Sanjay Singh have moved Gujarat High Court against the sessions court's order refusing to quash the summons issued against them in a criminal defamation case over their comments on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's educational qualification.

Delhi chief minister Kejriwal and Rajya Sabha member Singh filed a plea challenging the 14 September order of the sessions court dismissing their revision applications against the trial court's summons, their lawyer Percy Kavina said.

The matter was mentioned before the court of Justice Samir Dave for urgent listing primarily on the grounds that the trial court is due to take up the matter on 23 September. The court declined the request and said the office has been instructed to list it expeditiously, Kavina said.

A court of sessions judge JM Brahmbhatt had in its order last Thursday upheld the decision of the trial court to summon the two leaders and said the latter's order was "neither illegal nor erroneous".

The metropolitan court had first summoned Kejriwal and Singh on 15 April in the defamation case filed by Gujarat University over their “sarcastic” and “derogatory” statements in connection with PM Modi's degree.  The two leaders then filed a revision application in the sessions court challenging the summons.

However, the court on 7 August rejected their plea for an interim stay on the trial, after which, they approached Gujarat HC, which too refused their plea for an interim stay.

The HC later directed the sessions court to conclude hearing within 10 days of assigning the matter to a new bench.

Gujarat University registrar Piyush Patel had filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Singh over their comments after Gujarat High Court set aside an order of the chief information commissioner on PM Modi's degree.

Kejriwal and Singh made “defamatory” statements in press conferences and on social media targeting the university over Modi's degree, the complainant stated.

Their comments, which were made intentionally, targeting Gujarat University, were defamatory and hurt the prestige of the university, as per the complainant.

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