There was a time when the Aam Aadmi Party was a darling of the media, when Arvind Kejriwal the ‘muffler-man’ was the giant-killer who could do no wrong. The AAP leadership fed off this media frenzy to become larger-than-life figures and get a headstart in winning the battle in public perception. Now that the ego-clashes and power-games within the AAP are out in the open with several founders expelled, party supremo Arvind Kejriwal is suddenly developing a media phobia. Recently the AAP government in Delhi circulated a circular among all the departments to file crimil defamation cases against any media house for publishing news that causes ‘damage to the reputation’ of the AAP or that of the Chief Minister or other ministers. Thankfully the Supreme Court has stayed this blatant attempt by the AAP supremo to muzzle the media and throttle the voices of political adversaries. The apex court also pulled up Arvind Kejriwal for this ‘height of hypocrisy’, because it was Kejriwal himself who had earlier sought stay of crimil defamation proceedings against him by challenging the constitutiol validity of crimil defamation law in the pel code. And now it is Chief Minister Kejriwal issuing a circular saying that persons saying anything against his government or its ministers should be prosecuted for crimil defamation!
Kejriwal's media phobia