GUWAHATI, April 10: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is now facing trouble after a local court of Assam on Monday issued a non-bailable warrant against him while rejecting his petition seeking more time to appear after he was summoned in connection with a criminal defamation case registered against him for his remarks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications.
The Diphu Chief Judicial Magistrate’s court has issued a non-bailable warrant against Kejriwal, who was earlier summoned to appear before the court.
Earlier, the court had summoned the Delhi CM to appear before it on April 7 following his counsel seeking time from the court for his client.
The counsel of the Delhi Chief Minister had again filed a petition seeking more time for Kejriwal to appear before the court, but the court rejecting the petition and issued non-bailable warrant against Kejriwal.
In the petition, Kejriwal’s lawer had argued that it is not possible for his client to leave Delhi due to the Municipality elections there resulting in a lot of work for his client.
The criminal defamation case registered follows a case lodged by Surjya Rongphar, a BJP leader and Executive Member of Karbi Anglong Autonomous Council (KAAC) against the AAP leader under sections 499, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on December 26 last year.
Meanwhile Surjya Rongphar said that, Kejriwal had prayed through his counsel for some time but the court rejected it.
“Kejriwal on December 15 last year tweeted that PM Modi has passed only 12th standard, and thereafter degrees are fake. Kejriwal’s remarks on PM are totally baseless and misleading. So I had filed a criminal defamation case against the Delhi Chief Minister,” Rongphar said.
“Nehi... Modi ji 12th pass hai... Uski baad ki degree farzi hai,” Kejriwal had tweeted.