The matter came up for hearing before Metropolitan Magistrate Satbir Singh Lamba after the sessions court had on April 16 remanded the case back to the Magisterial Court with a direction to hear it afresh.

Additional Sessions Judge Dinesh Kumar Sharma had set aside the November 14 last year order of a Magisterial Court dismissing the complaint filed by Anuranjan Jha, CEO of news
portal Media Sarkar, against Kejriwal and five others, including the party, and had directed him to appear before the Magistrate on Monday.

The sessions court on April 8 had reserved its order on the plea challenging the Magisterial Court's verdict.

Jha had challenged the Magisterial Court's last year order dismissing his criminal defamation complaint against AAP, Kejriwal, Sisodia, Kumar Vishwas, Yogendra Yadav and Shazia Ilmi.

The Magistrate had dismissed the plea on the ground that despite providing sufficient opportunities to Jha to lead pre-summoning evidence in support of his plea, he opted not to
do so.

Jha had only examined himself in support of his plea.  In his revision petition, Jha has said the Magistrate had failed to appreciate that from his sworn statements and the documents produced by him, it was clear that the leaders had made alleged defamatory imputations against him.

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