New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal addresses during a public cabinet meeting at Central Park to mark 100 days of the AAP government in New Delhi on May 25, 2015. (Photo: IANS)

A court in New Delhi on Monday granted exemption from personal appearance to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed by BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri.

Kejriwal’s counsel Rishikesh Kumar and Neha Rastogi told Metropolitan Magistrate Harvinder Singh that Kejriwal has to attend a cabinet meeting and he would not be able to attend the court.

Allowing Kejriwal’s plea for exemption, the court fixed July 8 as next date of hearing.

The court was hearing a defamation complaint filed by Bidhuri alleging that Kejriwal had made defamatory statements against him, terming him a criminal, in an interview to a private channel on July 17 last year.

Bidhuri told the court that Kejriwal’s defamatory statements had maligned his image.

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