Delhi HC To Hear PIL Seeking FIR Against Sunita Kejriwal For Recording Court VC Hearings

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Petitioner Vaibhav Singh argued that multiple social media platforms associated with the AAP captured and distributed the online proceedings, thereby, violating the ‘High Court of Delhi Rules for Video Conferencing for Courts 2021’

Recently, a public interest litigation was filed before the Delhi High Court seeking the initiation of a First Information Report (FIR) against Sunita Kejriwal for disseminating video excerpts of court hearings on social media platforms. Lawyer Vaibhav Singh, the petitioner, identified numerous social media accounts responsible for sharing audio and video segments of Arvind Kejriwal's personal appearance in court. 

Arvind Kejriwal, on March 28th, personally addressed the Rouse Avenue Court, alleging the Enforcement Directorate's (ED) involvement in an extortion scheme favoring the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) concerning the Delhi liquor policy case. 

Singh asserted that following the conclusion of the hearing, numerous social media profiles began circulating and reposting the audio and video recordings of the courtroom events. Additionally, he asserted that Sunita Kejriwal shared an audio recording initially uploaded by a Twitter account named Akshay. 

Singh further argued that the act of recording court proceedings is prohibited under the ‘High Court of Delhi Rules for Video Conferencing for Courts 2021’. He contended that disseminating such recordings aims to tarnish the judiciary's reputation and that of the judges.

Singh emphasized that the viral spread of these recordings, accompanied by hashtags like '#MoneyTrailExposedByKejriwal', indicates a calculated attempt by political entities to discredit the judiciary and deceive the public, suggesting judicial subservience to governmental influence.

Furthermore, Singh alleged that the dissemination of these recordings was part of a premeditated scheme orchestrated by Arvind Kejriwal and the AAP. He argued that Kejriwal's singular appearance in court on March 28, 2024, devoid of prior or subsequent court appearances, suggests a strategic maneuver aimed at manipulating public sentiment.

Case Title: Vaibhav Singh v Sunita Kejriwal and Ors.