NEW DELHI: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was on Saturday directed to appear on March 21 before a Delhi court which granted him exemption from personal appearance for the day in a criminal defamation complaint filed by DDCA and Chetan Chauhan.
Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra allowed Kejriwal’s plea for exemption for the day as he is in Bengaluru for treatment and would return on February 22.
Kejriwal said in its application that his non-appearance was neither deliberate nor intentional.
. The court had on January 30 summoned Kejriwal and Azad, saying their statements prima facie adversely affected the repu-tation of the cricketing body and its officials.
The complaint has claimed that the defamatory statements were made by Kejriwal and Azad, who himself is a member of DDCA, “to remain in the public eye and gain political mileage”.
“In an interview to a news channel, Kejriwal had alleged that apart from financial irregularities, there were other major wrongdoings in DDCA, including a sex racket,” the plea has alleged.