On May 2018, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal had re-tweeted a defamatory video by YouTuber Dhruv Rathee after which a social media page founder had filed a case
New Delhi: On Tuesday (December 10), the Delhi high court stayed the proceedings in a criminal defamation case against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for re-tweeting an alleged defamatory video by YouTuber Dhruv Rathee in May 2018.
Justice Suresh Kait issued a notice to the state and the complainant Vikas Sankrityayan.
CM Kejriwal had approached the high court seeking quashing of summons issued to him as an accused in the case and challenged two orders of a trial court which had refused to quash the summons against him.
A magistrate court summoned Kejriwal to appear before it on August 7, after a criminal complaint by the founder of social media page, 'I Support Narendra Modi', alleged the AAP leader had re-tweeted the defamatory video.
The chief minister challenged the magistrate's order before a sessions court, which dismissed his plea.
He then challenged the sessions court order in the high court, saying the trial court failed to appreciate that his tweet was not intended or likely to harm the complainant.
On the other hand, Dhruv Rathee, on several occasions in the past had attempted to expose the BJP but revealed his own biases in the process.
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Last Updated Dec 10, 2019, 1:33 PM IST