Charges by Kejriwal, AAP leaders against Jaitley are insulting, jeeringly taunting and provocative: Delhi court

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A Delhi court has summoned the Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in a criminal defamation case filed by the Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

While directing them to appear before the court on 7 April, Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass said that charges by the AAP leaders against Jaitley were “not only insulting but jeeringly taunting and provocative.”

Dass said, “The language of public discourse ought to be within the confines of decency. If it transgresses those limits and becomes insulting, offensive and laced with innuendos, same may amount to defamation and become actionable at the end of the person aggrieved.”

He added that freedom of speech and expression was not an absolute right but ‘one that is hedged with reasonable restrictions, with the law of defamation being the primary one.’

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Jaitley is seeking Rs 10 crore damages from AAP leaders for making “false” statements against him over alleged irregularities in DDCA

Jaitley, who is facing the heat for his alleged involvement in corruption and financial irregularities in DDCA, had announced he will file civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

CMM Dass said, “The language of public discourse ought to be within the confines of decency. If it transgresses those limits and becomes insulting, offensive and laced with innuendos, same may amount to defamation and become actionable at the end of the person aggrieved.”

Suspended BJP MP and former India cricketer, Kirti Azad has been leading the battle against the rampant corruption in DDCA. He had challenged Jaitley to file a defamation case against him, a statement that contributed to his suspension from the saffron party.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Ok…so we talked about language…
    What about irregularities and involvement of Jaitley?
    When we are knowing the facts?

  2. Now-a-days even the judges have resorted to jingoism, it seems. its evident from the Kanhaiya bail hearing and now this.

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