Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia filed a criminal defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, his close aide and party think tank Ashish Khetan and the party’s Punjab affairs in charge Sanjay Singh, in a local court here today.The case has been filed in the court of Justice Gurpartap Singh, Civil Judge, Senior Division, under Sections 499, 500, 501, 502, 34 and 120-B of the IPC.Majithia has alleged that AAP is maligning his image, along with that of his family, by levelling baseless allegations. He said even the Supreme Court had endorsed criminal proceedings against anyone deliberately maligning anyone’s image.Earlier, AAP had alleged that Majithia gave patronage to those involved in the multi-crore drug racket.Majithia said, “Kejriwal’s whole politics is based on lies and frauds. They deceived and misled the Punjabis on the issue of SYL canal and now he and his aides have been repeatedly defaming me and my family through baseless allegations. I have demanded legal action by filing a criminal defamation case against him and his aides. I am a very strong hearted person and will take this fight to its logical conclusion. AAP leaders have misconception that they will scare away the Punjabis with their unsubstantiated political statements as they could do to Sheila Dixit in New Delhi.”This is the second case Majithia has filed against AAP leaders, but it is for the first time that he has filed a defamation suit against Kejriwal.On January 12, he filed a defamation case against Sanjay Singh in a Ludhiana court for accusing him of patronising the drug mafia and declaring to “put him behind bars” in case AAP was voted to power in 2017.In March, former journalist and Delhi dialogue commission vice-chairman Ashish Khetan had alleged that Majithia provided residence, political patronage and state police official vehicles to facilitate movement of drug smugglers.
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