In fresh trouble for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, an Assam court has issued a bailable warrant against him after he failed to appear in the court in connection with a defamation case. Why? Because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Yes, you read it right. A defamation case was filed by a local BJP leader Surya Rongphar, who is an executive member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council, against Delhi CM due to one of his tweets against PM Modi.
Kejriwal had tweeted on December 15 last year, which read, ‘Modiji 12th pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai.’ (Modi has studied up to class 12, and other of his degrees are fake). The case was registered against the Delhi CM accusing him of making derogatory remarks against the PM on his educational qualifications.
The order, which was issued on April 7, First Class Magistrate Justice Naba Kumar Deka Barua of Diphu Court said that a bailable warrant of Rs 10,000 was issued against the AAP leader as the accused had failed to appear before the court on January 30. The order said that there was a petition submitted by Gurpreet Singh Uppal, saying that it is not possible for Kejriwal to leave Delhi due to the upcoming MCD polls, but it was revealed that the accused did not spear before the court in January as well.
The order read –
‘On perusal of the record, it reveals that the accused has not appeared before this court on the earlier occasion on 30/1/2017 too, availing adjournment of more than two months. Considering this, the petition of Gurpreet Singh Uppal is rejected and a bailable warrant of arrest of Rs.10,000 has been issued against the said accused. Complainant to take step. The next date for appearance is fixed on May 8, 2017.’
A case under IPC Sections 499, 500 and 501 was registered against Kejriwal.