Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal to face trial in Arun Jaitley's criminal defamation case

Arvind Kejriwal's trial will commence from May 20. Photograph:( AFP )

WION New Delhi, India Mar 25, 2017, 12.38 PM (IST)

A Delhi Court on Saturday put on trial Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation case filed by finance minister Arun Jaitley after he pleaded 'not guilty' and said he was ready to face trial.

The Delhi chief minister had accused Arun Jaitley of financial irregularities when he was president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) which he headed for a decade till 2013.

The trial in the case will commence from May 20.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass framed the defamation notice against Kejriwal and other five AAP leaders -- Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Bajpai -- after they pleaded not guilty and claimed trial.

The court witnessed chaotic scenes after advocates from both the sides heatedly argued over Jaitley's absence from court. 

Arun Jaitley had filed the suit seeking Rs 10 crore in damages after Kejriwal and the five other AAP leaders accused him of alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA.

Besides the criminal defamation complaint in the Patiala House Court, Arun Jaitley had also filed a civil defamation case against the AAP leaders in the Delhi High Court. 

The finance minister alleged that the AAP leaders made "false and defamatory" statements, thereby harming his reputation.

(WION with inputs from agencies)