In fresh trouble for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, an Assam court has issued a bailable arrest warrant against him after he failed to appear before the court in connection with a defamation case.
Kejriwal is facing a criminal defamation case for making a remark on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualification in December last year in a tweet.
On December 15, the Delhi CM had tweeted: “Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai.”
Mr Kejriwal had referred to the civic polls while requesting the court in Diphu to excuse him and give him more time to appear. His lawyer said he “cannot leave Delhi to attend the court hearing because of the civic election and the nature of his work because he is Chief Minister of Delhi”.
The judge rejected the request, noting that Mr Kejriwal had failed to appear once before on January 30, and issued a warrant of Rs. 10,000.
The next hearing has been fixed May 8.
This had led Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar to file a defamation case against him. The Delhi CM was later booked under Sections 499, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code.