Assam court issues bailable arrest warrant against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal

Arvind Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, faces a warrant in Assam for not appearing in court yesterday in a defamation case over his tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's degree previous year.

Justice Naba Kumar Deka Barua of Diphu Court said, "We have seen the petition submitted by Gurpreet Singh Uppal, showing the ground that it is not possible for the accused, namely Arvind Kejriwal, to leave Delhi due to the municipality election in Delhi".

The court issued the warrant after Kejriwal repeatedly failed to appear before it in this case. This has further promoted Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar, to file a defamation case against him.

On December 15, 2016, Kejriwal had tweeted: "Modiji 12 pass hain". The next hearing in the defamation case is scheduled for May 8.

However, the bailable warrant is the latest in a series of legal setbacks that Kejriwal faced over his wild allegations against senior Ministers of the Indian government.

The case pertains to a tweet by Kejriwal in December previous year, in which he had questioned the higher education degree of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Kejriwal, who is also facing a defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was requesting the court in Diphu to excuse him from appearance citing the April 23 MCD polls.

"Don't people of India have a right to know the educational qualification of their prime minister? What is so secret about it", party leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted on Tuesday. "Obviously he has lied to the People about his education", Singh wrote on his twitter account.

Rongphar has said that the comment made by Kejriwal was "baseless and misleading", NDTV reported.

  • Leroy Wright