The Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that the trial in the defamation case submitted by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in opposition to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will continue.
Kejriwal had contended those cases before the trial court must be stayed considering that a civil suit was awaiting before the high court.
The Delhi High Court had on October 19 dismissed his plea seeking the stay of trial court proceedings in a criminal defamation case, declaring, there was no “illegality” in carrying on with it concurrently with a civil defamation suit in the high court.
The high court had stated there was “no prejudice” in consideration of a pending civil suit and there was no “double jeopardy” and as such Mr. Kejriwal’s plea was “devoid of merit”. It had said the criminal and civil defamation cases were “different in nature”.
Pertaining to the challenge to the magisterial court’s May 19 order, dismissing his plea to enable a stay on proceedings due to the pendency of a civil suit, the high court had stated that the trial court order was “free from perversity, impropriety, illegality, and non-sustainability”.
Jaitley had also filled out a criminal defamation complaint in a lower court against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him in the Delhi & District Cricket Association controversy.