A Delhi court on Tuesday dismissed a criminal complaint against the city’s Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi psychopath and coward.
A case was file by a Delhi based advocate alleging that Kejriwal’s comments were ‘defamatory and seditious.’
According to ANI, the complaint, filed by advocate Pradeep Dwivedi, had sought Kejriwal’s prosecution under Sections 124A (sedition) and 500 (defamation) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) alleging there was ‘seditious intention’ behind the remarks which spread ‘hatred and contempt’ against Prime Minister Modi.
Kejriwal in a tweet in January had called Modi psychopath and coward after the CBI raided his office in December last year.
Metropolitan Magistrate Abhilash Malhotra of Tiz Hazari Court dismissed the matter after hearing arguments on behalf of complainant.
Judge, according to report, said that there was no merit in the case.
One of his follow-up tweets had then gone on to call India’s prime minister, Narendra Modi, ‘psychopath’ and ‘coward.’
The use of such harsh words is pretty common in Indian politics during the election season, when name calling becomes the order of the day.
But a sitting chief minister, holder of a constitutional post, calling an elected prime minister coward and psychopath was rare.
Perhaps this was the reason why even the foreign media detected a huge editorial value and chose to splash the headlines on their outlets.