After Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal pleaded not guilty in the Arun Jaitley defamation case, a Delhi court has framed charges against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders. With the charges framed by the court, Kejriwal along with five others will have to face trial. The next hearing of the case is scheduled to be held on May 20. It may be recalled that earlier in March, prominent lawyer Ram Jethmalani had argued the case in defense of Arvind Kejriwal. Jethmalani had cross-examined Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and had asked him over fifty questions. Jethmalani had termed the case as ‘unfounded’ and had requested the court to get it dismissed.
A court had granted bail to Kejriwal in the case earlier this week. At this hearing, Kejriwal had requested the court to drop the proceedings against him. The case filed by Jaitley seeks Rs 10 crore as compensation from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders for issuing false and defamatory statements against him and his family members. Kejriwal had accused Jaitley of financial irregularities that were allegedly committed when Jaitley was the president of the District Cricket Association (DDCA) between 2000 and 2013.