New Delhi: An Assam court on Tuesday issued a bailable warrant against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for not appearing in court on Monday in a defamation case over his tweet on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s degree last year.
The warrant has been issued at a time when Kejriwal and his Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are immersed in their campaign for the April 23 Municipal Corporation of Delhi or MCD polls.
Kejriwal, who is also facing a defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, was requesting the court in Diphu to excuse him from appearance citing the April 23 MCD polls.
However, the judge rejected the request, noting that Kejriwal had failed to appear once before on January 30, and issued a warrant of Rs 10,000.
Notably, the criminal defamation case was filed by Assam BJP leader Surya Rongphar after Kejriwal alleged in a tweet in December that the Prime Minister had studied only till Class 12 and his college degree was fake.