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Delhi High Court denies relief to Kejriwal and Sisodia in criminal defamation case

There’s more trouble ahead for Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal, as Delhi High court has refused to stay trial court proceedings against him and Manish Sisodia. The case involves a criminal defamation complaint filed against Kejriwal and Sisodia by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma. The complaint also includes the name of Yogendra Yadav, who was earlier with AAP till 2015, but later had quit and formed his own party Swaraj India. Sharma had alleged that he was offered to fight the Delhi Assembly elections in 2013 on an AAP ticket, but it was later denied to him. Sharma claims that it dented his reputation in the Bar and the society.

Rejecting the petition filed by Kejriwal and Sisodia, which sought quashing of the criminal defamation complaint, the Delhi High court said that the proceedings in the trial court should continue. However, the court has provided one relief, in that, the two AAP leaders will not have to be personally present in the trial court during the next hearing, scheduled on April 6.

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