An Assam court has issued a bailable warrant against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in connection with a defamation case regarding PM Narendra Modi when Kejriwal had tweeted that the PM is only a ’12th pass’ and other degrees are fake.
Kejriwal had tweeted “Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai” (Modi is Class 12 pass, degrees after that are fake) on December 15, 2016 after which Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar filed a defamation case against him under Sections 499, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code.
“We have seen the petition submitted by Gurpreet Singh Uppal showing the ground that it is not possible for the accused, namely Arvind Kejriwal, to leave Delhi due to the municipality election in Delhi,” Justice Naba Kumar Deka Barua of Diphu Court said in the order.
“On perusal of the record, it reveals that the accused has not appeared before this court on the earlier occasion on 30/1/2017 too, availing adjournment of more than two months. Considering this, the petition of Gurpreet Singh Uppal is rejected and a bailable warrant of arrest of Rs.10,000 has been issued against the said accused. Complainant to take step. The next date for appearance is fixed on May 8, 2017,” the order stated.