The Gujarat High Court today declined to hear on priority the appeals filed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Member of Parliament Sanjay Singh challenging summons in a defamation case filed against them for comments concerning the academic degree of Prime Minister Narendra Modi [Arvind Kejriwal v. State of Gujarat]..The matter was listed before Justice Samir Dave, who refused to give any 'priority' in hearing the appeal, but indicated that he would hear the matter next week..The defamation complaint against Kejriwal and Singh was filed by Gujarat University, which alleged that both politicians have made "defamatory" statements against it for not disclosing the degree of Prime Minister Modi. .A magistrate summoned them to face trial in this defamation case in April this year. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Jayeshbhai Chovatiya passed the order after taking note of oral and digital evidence shared in a pen drive, which comprised Kejriwal's tweets and speeches made after a judgment of the Gujarat High Court in the matter.The High Court, its judgment, had allowed an appeal filed by the University and held that the varsity need not disclose Prime Minister Modi's degree. The High Court had also imposed a fine of ₹25,000 on Kejriwal. Referring to statements made subsequently by Kejriwal and Singh, the ACMM opined that the accused politicians were well-educated political office-bearers who were aware of the effect of their statements on the public..The magistrate's order of summons was challenged by Kejriwal and Singh before a sessions court, which recently dismissed the same.This sessions court order from September 14 has now been challenged before the High Court in an appeal filed through Advocates Aum Kotwal and Farrukh Khan.In the September 14 verdict, Additional Sessions Judge JM Brahmbhatt had opined that the magistrate court had considered all facts and circumstances before issuing the summons and that there was nothing illegal or perverse in the order.