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Arvind Kejriwal looses right to respond in defamation case by Congress leader

September 19, 2014 | By

New Delhi, India: Former Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly lost ‘right to respond’ in the defamation case by former Congress lawmaker Avtar Singh Bhadana. The Delhi High Court on Sept. 19 closed the right to file response as Arvind Kejriwal failed to file written statement in defamation lawsuit by Avtar Singh Bhadana seeking Rs one crore damages.

Arvind Kejriwal (Former CM, Delhi) [File Photo]

Arvind Kejriwal (Former CM, Delhi) [File Photo]

In his lawsuit Bhadana, a former Congress MP from Faridabad in Haryana, says that the AAP leader had tarnished his image by branding him as “corrupt”.

Anil Kumar Sisodia, the Joint Registrar of Delhi High Court, today turned down the plea of Arvind Kejriwal’s council seeking more time for filing written statement in this case.

A bench of Justice A K Pathak, on February 19, had issued notice to the former Delhi chief minister on Bhadana’s plea and had fixed the matter on May 6 for filing of reply by Kejriwal.

In such cases, if the respondent does not file a response, the court will hear the petitioner and pass the order.
Arvind Kejriwal can, however, seek recall of the order of the joint registrar by the court and plead that he be allowed to file a written response.

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