Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has today recorded his statement in the Delhi High Court in the civil defamation case, which he had filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders. The court also fixed March 6-7 as dates for further arguments in the matter.
Earlier in the day, the court also exempted Arvind Kejriwal from appearing in person before the court during the hearing of the case against him. It asked the Delhi chief minister to give an undertaking before the court saying it had no objection if the case continues in his absence. However, the High court also noted that if the trial court felt that its proceedings were delayed, it had the liberty to modify the High Court’s order of giving exemption to the Delhi CM.
The Supreme Court earlier had dismissed a petition filed by Arvind Kejriwal seeking a stay on the criminal defamation case filed against him by Arun Jaitley. Kejriwal had contended before the top court that since a civil suit was already pending before the Delhi High Court, the proceedings before the trial court should be stayed. He was of the opinion that both the cases should not proceed at the same time.
Arun Jaitley had earlier filed a lawsuit seeking Rs 10 crore in damages against the Delhi chief minister after the later and the Aam Aadmi Party leaders had accused the finance minister of irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA. Arun Jaitley was the president of the DDCA till 2013 for 13 years . He had filed a criminal defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal and 5 other AAP leaders in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case had been filed in the Delhi High Court.