Arvind Kejriwal Slapped With Criminal Complaint For 'Defamatory' Words Against PM

23/12/2015 9:08 AM IST | Updated 29/08/2016 9:01 PM IST
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Delhi state Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and leader of Aam Aadmi Party, or Common Man's Party attends a public meeting to mark the party’s 100 days government in the capital, in New Delhi, India, Monday, May 25, 2015. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

NEW DELHI -- A private criminal complaint has been filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a Delhi court for using "defamatory" words against Prime Minister Narendra Modi following the recent CBI raid at the office of his Principal Secretary.

The complainant, an advocate, has sought Kejriwal's prosecution under sections 124A (sedition) and 500 (defamation) of the IPC.

The plea was filed at Tis Hazari Courts and it would come up for hearing on January 4, 2016.

Advocate Pradeep Kumar Dwivedi has in his complaint alleged that when CBI raided the Chief Minister's Principal Secretary Rajendra Kumar's Delhi Secretariat office on December 15, Kejriwal made offensive remarks on his Twitter account against Modi.

"Being fully aware of the autonomy and independence of the CBI, the accused (Kejriwal) owing to his personal interest and political enmity, made some offended remarks on his Twitter account towards the Prime Minister of this country, just because of the said raid by the CBI," the complaint said.

"On December 15, the accused posted the remarks on his Twitter account which reads as, 'Modi is a coward and a psychopath'. The remarks were made against the democratically elected Prime Minister of the largest democracy of the world," it said.

The complainant alleged that Kejriwal had "intentionally" used such defamatory words with a view to spreading a sense of "hatred and contempt" towards the Prime Minister.

Dwivedi said he was aggrieved by the alleged defamatory and seditious remarks of Kejriwal.

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