The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday welcomed the acquittal of its chief Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation case filed by a former aide of Congress leader Sheila Dikshit and said political battles should not be fought in courts.
Kejriwal was accused by Pawan Khera, the political secretary of the then Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, of levelling "false and defamatory" allegations against her during power tariff hike protests in October 2012.
"In principle, we have been against criminal defamation cases. In a healthy political set up, parties should be welcomed for doing politics over facts and evidence and should not be slapped with defamation cases," he said.
As far as Dikshit's defamation is concerned, people have already given their verdict against her and the Congress, Pandey said.
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