Amritsar: Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday appeared in the court of additional chief judicial magistrate cum civil judge (senior division) Ravi Inder Kaur. He is embroiled in a defamation case under Section 499 of the IPC, filed against him by state Cabinet Minister Bikram Singh Majithia.
Kejriwal arrived here on Tuesday via a domestic flight and was accorded a cosy welcome by hundreds of his supporters at the international airport, Rajasansi in the morning. He drove straight to a guest house in Amritsar Cantonment where media persons were already waiting for him. However, he avoided a meeting with them and after taking breakfast, proceeded to the court where he was greeted by around 3,000 party workers who even became restive and the police had a tough time in controlling them.
The AAP convener had to wait for almost two hours for his turn. However, he was asked to appear again on November 18. Advocate Parminder Singh Sethi and convener of Punjab’s legal cell of the party and also a party candidate from Mohali Himmat Singh Shergill appeared on his behalf.
After having lunch in the aforesaid guest house, he drove to the international airport where he chose to respond to just two or three queries of this Daily Post correspondent only. About inclusion of Awaaz-e-Punjab, floated by former BJP leader Navjot Singh Sidhu in AAP, he replied that the latter was adamant upon certain conditions to which AAP did not agree. About sharing of seats with Sidhu, he stated that they had held parleys in the recent past and some adjustment is likely to be worked out soon. However, he refused to divulge that how many seats Sidhu wanted for his party and how many AAP was willing to allot the former. Without mincing words, Kejriwal, in the same breath made it clear that AAP will never succumb to any kind of pressure exerted by anyone and was in a position to gain the required number of seats in forthcoming assembly elections in Punjab in order to form next government. He further stated that his party workers rather wanted that AAP should contest the elections single-handedly.
About a query regarding the defamation suit he is facing here, he said that it was nothing but “sheer vendetta” and he will be acquitted by the court soon.
Asked whether he had requested from the court for exemption from personal appearance, he replied that the verdict of court was supreme and he had full faith in judiciary. Regarding the release of third list of AAP candidates, he said that it was almost ready and could be released anytime.
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