Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia Summoned by Delhi Court on July 16 In Connection to Vijender Gupta's Defamation Suit
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and deputy CM Manish Sisodia (Photo Credits: IANS)

New Delhi, July 8: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and his deputy Manish Sisodia have been summoned by Delhi's Rose Avenue Court in connection to the defamation suit filed by senior BJP leader and legislator Vijender Gupta. Both the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) co-founders have been asked to appear before the bench on July 16.

Vijender Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly, had on Tuesday filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Sisodia for "maligning" his image after they accused him of being part of an alleged "conspiracy" to kill the Chief Minister. Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, Two Other AAP Leaders Face Charges For 2014 Dharna Outside Rail Bhavan

Gupta had also sent legal notices to Kejriwal and Sisodia a week ago, asking them to apologise.

"I have filed a defamation case in Patiala House court against them (Kejriwal and Sisodia) as they did not reply to my legal notice," he said.

Gupta has already filed a police complaint against Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia, alleging that they were tying to "falsely implicate" him in an alleged conspiracy to kill Kejriwal.

During the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP supremo had said in an interview to a Punjabi channel that the BJP wanted to get him killed by his own Personal Security Officer (PSO) in the manner in which Indira Gandhi was killed.

Countering the charge, Gupta had tweeted, "Before the slapgate on May 4 @ArvindKejriwal asked the liaison officer to lift the security cover around his vehicle. The chief minister's instruction is registered in the roznamcha (police diary). The AAP could not receive electoral gain out of it because I exposed this, so out of frustration Kejriwal is saying that his PSO reports to the BJP."

Sisodia had shot back and accused Gupta of being a part of the conspiracy to kill Kejriwal.

"BJP is conspiring to get the CM killed. This tweet by @Gupta_vijender has proved that the BJP is getting the daily security plan of the CM and it is hatching a conspiracy to kill the CM on this basis. Vijender Gupta is also a part of this conspiracy," Sisodia had said.