An Assam court has issued a bailable arrest warrant against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he failed to appear before it in a defamation case over his tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s education qualifications, officials said on Tuesday.
BJP leader Surjya Rongphar filed a defamation suit against Kejriwal last December for questioning Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s educational qualifications.
“Modiji 12 pass hain. Uske baad ki degree farzi hai (Narendra Modi is only 12th pass and all other succeeding degrees are fake)”, Kejriwal had tweeted on 15 December. The police registered a case against the Delhi CM under Sections 499, 500 and 501 of the Indian Penal Code.
The first class magistrate Justice Naba Kumar Deka Barua of Diphu Court, in an order issued on 7 April, said the bailable warrant of arrest of Rs.10,000 was issued against the Delhi CM taking into cognisance that the accused had failed to appear before the court on 30 January.
The court said it had seen the petition by Kejriwal’s counsel Gurpreet Singh Uppal, saying he could not leave Delhi due to the capital’s municipal polls.
On perusal of the record, it reveals that the accused has not appeared before this court on the earlier occasion on 30/1/2017 too, availing adjournment of more than two months. Considering this, the petition of Gurpreet Singh Uppal is rejected and a bailable warrant of arrest of Rs.10,000 has been issued against the said accusedThe court order
The next date for appearance is fixed on 8 May 2017.
The Congress, however, used the warrant to reopen the debate on PM’s education qualification.
“Don’t People of India have a right to know educational qualification of their Prime Minister? What is so secret about it,” senior Congress leader Digvijaya Singh tweeted on Tuesday.
Tearing into the Prime Minister’s ‘secretive’ attitude, Singh further asserted that it was proof that the former has lied to the nation about his education.
Last year, the Delhi University’s registrar said that Modi’s degree was authentic and he “cleared the examination in 1978 and was awarded the degree in 1979.”
In response, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) alleged that the documents produced by the government were “forged” and that they contained “glaring discrepancies”, including in name and year of issue.