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Can Kejriwal be tried under IT Act? BJP MP asks govt

December 14, 2012 21:40 IST

Can 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 by Bharatiya Janata Party 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 are provisions in the 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 has 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 levels allegations against Parliament, political parties and senior leaders and hogs 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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