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Kejriwal withdraws pleas in HC for quashing two criminal defamation cases

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today withdrew from the High Court his pleas seeking quashing of separate criminal defamation proceedings initiated against him by a and a former of

Kejriwal moved the application for withdrawing his petition in the case involving Amit Sibal, son of former Union Kapil Sibal, as the CM and his deputy had settled the matter by apologising before a trial court for making "unfounded allegations" against the

In the second case, the chief has already moved the trial court seeking quashing of the criminal defamation complaint filed against him by Dikshit's then on the grounds that the plea was not maintainable as the person affected had not approached the court.

Today, Justice A K Pathak allowed Kejriwal's advocates and to withdraw both the pleas in both the cases from the high court.

Besides Kejriwal and Sisodia, complainant had also named former members and as accused in the 2013 case. In April, Ilmi also apologised to Sibal and her apology was accepted by the

The lower court on September 20, 2014, had put all the four accused on trial for the charge under section 500 (defamation) of the IPC.

In the other matter, had filed the defamation case over Kejriwal's alleged remarks against during power tariff hike protests in October 2012.

had said that the had used objectionable language against the erstwhile in a television show.

Kejriwal, in his quashing petition, had questioned Khera's locus standi to file the complaint and also sought quashing of the January 2013 summons to him and the subsequent proceedings in the matter.

Maintaining that prima facie defamation charges were made out against Kejriwal, the trial court had put him on trial in 2013 after he pleaded not guilty.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:50 IST
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