A Delhi Court on Saturday acquitted Delhi Chief Minister (CM) Arvind Kejriwal, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia, and former Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Yogender Yadav in a 2013 criminal defamation case filed by a lawyer named Surender Kumar Sharma.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) of Rouse Avenue Court, Vidhi Gupta, passed the orders noting the media articles cited by Sharma did not establish a case of defamation.
A detailed order is awaited.
Sharma had filed the defamation case against Kejriwal, Sisodia and Yadav stating that he was approached by some AAP volunteers who asked him to contest the Delhi assembly elections and that the senior leaders have agreed to his candidature.
However, his candidature from AAP was canceled in the 2013 assembly elections at the last moment.
He alleged that the three leaders made defamatory, unlawful and derogatory remarks against him which were published in national newspapers and this lowered his reputation in the bar and in society.
While Sharma died during the pendency of the case, his nephew continued to pursue it.
[Surender Kumar Sharma v Arvind Kejriwal and Ors]