Apart from previous civil defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has filed another defamation suit against the Delhi chief minister and this time again the amount is Rs 10 crore, reported India Today TV. Jaitley had filed the suit following Kejriwal’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani allegedly used an objectionable word against him in court last week. Jaitley filed a fresh Rs 10 crore suit against Kejriwal after his advocate Ram Jethamalani allegedly called the current Finance and Defence Minister a ‘crook’, according to an Indian Express report. Kejriwal along with five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders are currently facing trials in High Court on charges of defamation. The court, in March, 2016 had framed notices against Kejriwal along with Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai.
Earlier in December 2015, Jaitley filed defamation complaints against the AAP leaders alleging that they made defamatory statements against him regarding his tenure as the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) president from December 1999 to December 2013 – in connection with the alleged irregularities in DDSA during his tenure as president. It has also been reported that if found guilty, the Delhi CM could be sent behind the bars for at least a year along with fines.
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On May 17, heated exchanges were reported involving Jethmalani, who is defending the Delhi CM in court during Jaitley’s cross-examination in the case. As per PTI, the recording of Jaitley’s statement could not take place as the Minister objected to the use of the word ‘crook’ against him by the noted lawyer representing the Chief Minister, according to PTI.
The news agency further stated that senior advocates who were representing Jaitley said that Jethmalani was asking scandalous questions and should have restrained himself from asking irrelevant ones ‘as this matter is Arun Jaitley versus Arvind Kejriwal and not Ram Jethmalani versus Arun Jaitley’. Responding to this, Jethmalani said he used the word on the instructions of Kejriwal.