Following a revision application by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Rajyasabha MP Sanjay Singh challenging the issuance of summons by a Magistrate Court in a defamation complaint, a sessions court in Ahmedabad reserved its order.
Gujarat University filed the case over their alleged remarks in connection with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s qualifications.
Gujarat University, in a criminal complaint through its Registrar Dr Piyush M Patel under Section 500 of the Indian Penal Code, accusing them of making defamatory statements in press conferences and on social media targeting the university over Modi’s degree.
However, the university added that CM Kejriwal made the statements in his capacity.
Judge JM Brahmbhatt reserved the order for September 14, LiveLaw reported.
Advocate Aum Kotwal argued on behalf of both the AAP leaders that the trial court’s summoning order was wrong and that the Gujarat University could not have filed a defamation case.
Kejriwal and Singh moved High Court but were denied any interim relief. The top court asked them to raise their grievances before the High Court in their pending petition, Live Law added.
“It is natural that due to the statements of the accused people who know the credit of Gujarat University and all the people who do not know Gujarat University will develop distrust towards Gujarat University,” the court said.