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Can Kejriwal be tried under IT Act, asks BJP MP

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First published: December 14, 2012, 9:48 PM IST | Updated: December 14, 2012
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Can Kejriwal be tried under IT Act, asks BJP MP
The BJP MP wanted action against Kejriwal for his allegations against Parliament, political parties and their leaders.

New Delhi: Can Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal be tried under the Information Technology Act for his allegations against Parliament, political parties and their leaders? This question was asked in the Rajya Sabha on Friday by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Jai Prakash Narayan Singh.

Replying to this, Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said though he would not like to name any person in the House, but there were provisions in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) to sue for making defamatory allegations. "But if we misuse IT Act... I think it will be mockery of democracy. And I don't think it is right," he said.

Singh, while raising the question, said it had become a fashion to level allegations against people holding high positions to get publicity.

He referred to Kejriwal, founder of Aam Admi Party, and said he leveled allegations against Parliament, political parties and senior leaders and hogged limelight in the media. He wanted to know if there was any provision in the IT Act to book such people.

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