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Delhi High Court Refuses to Quash Summons against AAP leader Deepak Bajpai in Defamation case by Arun Jaitley

The present complaint was filed by Arun Jaitley against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of his political party Aam Aadmi Party for making defamatory statements and allegations against Mr.Jaitley in respect of his tenure as a Chief of Delhi and District Cricket Association
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The Delhi High Court in a Criminal Defamation case filed by Union Minister Mr. Arun Jaitley against the AAP leader Mr. Deepak Bajpai has refused to quash or set aside the summons.

The present complaint was filed by Mr. Arun Jaitley against the Delhi Chief Minister Mr. Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of  his political party- Aam Aadmi Party for making defamatory statements and allegations against Mr.Jaitley in respect of his tenure as a Chief of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). 

In this connection, Mr. Deepak Bajpai has approached the court with a plea to condone a delay of 458 days in filing of Revision Petition. However, dismissing the revision petition Justice I.S. Mehta held that the present petition by Mr. Bajpai is a misuse process of law.

The Court held that there is no bonafide and justifiable reason on the part of Mr. Bajpai to condone the delay of 458 days and for condoning the delay it is necessary for the petitioner that the reason for delay of each day has been justified bonafidely. The court further stated that the petitioner failed to prove the bonafide and justified reason as the certified copies of the impugned orders passed by the court in April has been received by Mr. Bajpai and Mr. Bajpai has also agreed that the copies has been received by him in the month of June.

The court while dismissing the petition of Mr.Deepak Bajpai held that in light of Section 482 of CrPC (Criminal Procedure Code) read with Section 5 of the limitation act, the condonation of 458 days is dismissed as it lacks bonafide and justified reasons.

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Reviewed by:
Mehak Sharma
Published on 31-Oct-17
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