Delhi Court Summons CM Arvind Kejriwal in YouTube Video Defamation Case

A Delhi court on Wednesday summoned Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for a criminal complaint of the founder of social media page, ‘I Support Narendra Modi’, who alleged that the AAP leader re-tweeted a defamatory video by YouTuber Dhruv Rathee in May 2018.

Additional Chief Metropolitan jurist Samar Vishal directed Kejriwal to appear before the court on August 7.

The court was hearing a complaint by Vikas Sankrityayan, who claimed that the YouTube video with the title ‘BJP IT Cell half II’ was circulated by Rathee. He lives in Germany, “wherein too many false and defamatory allegations were made”.

Regarding Kejriwal, Sankrityayan said that he re-tweeted the video from his twitter account without checking the authenticity of the video.

“The complainant alleges that the allegations created against him during this video area unit false, malicious and denigrative and it’s down the name of the litigant within the eyes of right-thinking members of the society. to date, no proof has been tendered on the allegations,” the criticism aforesaid.

He stated Kejriwal is followed by crores of individuals “due to which the video has reached to a large number of people not only in India but also internationally”.

The court said that “allegations within the video are prima facie defamatory and refers to complainant Vikas Sankrityayan creating him an aggrieved person”.

“Therefore, due to the discussion, there exists enough grounds to proceed against the respondent Arvind Kejriwal under section 500(defamation) IPC.

“Accordingly, Kejriwal is summoned for the commission of the offence of defamation…,” the court aforesaid.

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