Arvind Kejriwal Arun Jaitley defamation case: Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are at loggerheads for some time.
Arvind Kejriwal Arun Jaitley defamation case: Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are at loggerheads for some time. The duel between the top BJP leader and AAP convener, which has already reached the threshold of the Court, has witnessed another twist yesterday. This time the Supreme Court has agreed to hear on September 11 a plea of AAP leader Raghav Chadha alleging that he has been made to face a criminal defamation case only for re-tweeting Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s tweet against Union minister Arun Jaitley. Chadha is youth leader and the spokesperson of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). A bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar considered the submission of Chadha that his plea be accorded urgent hearing.
Notably, FM Jaitley on August 5 had charged CM Kejriwal with making “a series of false, scandalous and defamatory allegations” with regard to the alleged DDCA controversy which had “adversely impacted” his reputation.
Notably, Kejriwal and other AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai — are facing a criminal defamation suit after they claimed that Jaitley was allegedly involved in corrupt practices when he was the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a post he had held from 2000 to 2013.
Jaitley, who had denied all the allegations levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had also filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal and the others, claiming they had made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.