A Delhi court today fixed August 23 for framing charges against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia in a criminal defamation complaint as per the report published in The Economic Times.

Metropolitan Magistrate Pranjal Aneja, who was scheduled to frame charges today, was on leave.

The court had earlier directed the two AAP leaders and Yogendra Yadav to appear before it today. While Kejriwal and Sisodia sought exemption on the ground that they have to attend the four-day Monsoon session of Delhi Assembly which is commencing today, Yadav was present in the court.

The accused in this case are the two AAP leaders, Manish Sisodia and Arvind Kejriwal along with Yogendra Yadav. They wanted the court to quash the plea.

The court had said in an order which it passed on August 2nd that the contentions on behalf of accused persons do no sustain and it proceeded to frame notice under the CrPC against them. 

In that order, the court framed charges on the criminal defamation complaint filed against the duo and Yogendra Yadav by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma who he was denied ticket by the Aam Aadmi Party.

While issuing summonses against AAP leaders, the trial court had said, “The press release published in newspapers as well as testimonies of witnesses reflect that defamatory remarks were published in the newspaper which affected the reputation of the complainant in the society and lowered his reputation in the eyes of other members of the society.”

The Delhi High Court had earlier refused to stay the trial court proceedings in the case.

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