HC dismisses Arvind Kejriwal's plea to stay defamation case, says 'it lacks merit'

New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday suffered a setback when the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea to stay the trial court proceedings in a criminal defamation case against him and other AAP leaders filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying, "it is devoid of merit".

 HC dismisses Arvind Kejriwals plea to stay defamation case, says it lacks merit

File image of Arvind Kejriwal. Reuters

"The request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) is rejected, being devoid of merit and the same has culminated into dismissal of the present petition," Justice PS Teji said.

"Nothing have been brought before this court to the effect that continuation of criminal proceedings is an abuse of the process of law before the CMM and any order is required by this court to secure the ends of justice.

"Thus, this court is of the view that the order of the CMM, dated 19 May, 2016 continuing with the proceedings is free from perversity, impropriety, illegality and non-sustainability which compelled this court to exercise the inherent jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr PC," the court

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Updated Date: Oct 19, 2016 17:32:53 IST