A Delhi resident has moved court in the national capital seeking action against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, for his remarks against Delhi Police calling it a private army of the RSS.
Ashutosh Bansal, filed a case in Tiz Hazari Court, seeking action against Kejriwal. In his petition, Bansal also named two media houses namely NDTV and JantaKaReporter as witnesses.
In the pre-summoning hearing on 23 April, the media houses named in the petition were asked to explain their source of the reporting on Kejriwal’s statement calling the Delhi Police a private army of the RSS.
JantaKaReporter had carried the story based on the Delhi chief minister’s tweet.
Having recorded the evidence from both the media houses, the court will now decide if a case can be made out against Kejriwal.
JantaKaReporter’s counsel asked the judge to discharge ‘us’ from the case because the petitioner had failed to enclose the copy of the website’s reporting. The court, for the time being, agreed to discharge JantaKa Reporter.
Reacting to police crackdown on peaceful protesters outside the RSS office in Delhi in February, Kejriwal had said, “Delhi police being used by BJP/RSS as their pvt army to terrorize n teach lesson to anyone opposing BJP/RSS. I strongly condemn attck on students. (sic)”
It’s interesting that while the Delhi chief minister’s tweet was widely reported, the petitioner chose to name only two news houses as witnesses.
This according to Supreme Court lawyer, Rajeev Yadav, is a carefully crafted ploy by the petitioner to target ‘two of the most honest brands in journalism today.’
Yadav said, “Let me make it very clear that this is just a ploy by the petitioner to seek cheap publicity and unnecessarily drag two of the most honest news brands into something which should have never been entertained by the honourable court. The court ought to have dismissed the petition at the outset as there are far more pressing issues that need hearing at the moment.”
Yadav reminded the Chief Justice TS Thakur publicly breaking down on Sunday to argue that Indian courts ought to have been judicious in entertaining seekers of cheap publicity.
CJI Thakur had broken down at a public event on Sunday while lamenting “inaction” by the Executive to increase the number of judges from the present 21,000 to 40,000 to handle the “avalanche” of litigation.