NEW DELHI, March 9 - Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders were today summoned as accused in a criminal defamation complaint filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by a court here which directed them to appear before it on April 7, while noting that the allegations were �derogatory� and amounted to �slander and libel�.
Besides Kejriwal, the court also summoned Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, observing that the allegations levelled by them against Jaitley were �not only insulting, but jeeringly taunting and provocative�.
�The allegations are not only insulting, but jeeringly taunting and provocative. I have no hesitation to hold that the allegations levelled by the respondents (Kejriwal and five others) are derogatory in nature and amount to slander and libel,� Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sumit Dass said. � PTI