Arvind Kejriwal gets ‘maafi’ from Arun Jaitley but the defamation case will continue; here’s why

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New Delhi | Updated: April 2, 2018 6:33:00 PM

The move by Arvind Kejriwal comes as no surprise as he has already apologised to several others, who had filed defamation suits and complaints against him.

arvind kejriwal arun jaitleyArun Jaitley has accepted Arvind Kejriwal’s apology.

A joint plea was today moved by Union Minister Arun Jaitley and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to “settle” their over two year old litigation regarding alleged defamatory statements made against the BJP leader after the AAP supremo apologised for his remarks.

The move by Kejriwal comes as no surprise as he has already apologised to several others, who had filed defamation suits and complaints against him. The joint application was mentioned before Justice Manmohan by advocates Manik Dogra and Anupam Srivastava, who appeared for Jaitley and Kejriwal, respectively.

The court agreed to list the matter for hearing before the appropriate bench tomorrow if no technical objection is raised by the registry.
Jaitley had in December 2015 filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders– Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai.

They had alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when Jaitley was its president. The BJP leader had denied all these allegations.

He had also filed a separate Rs 10 crore defamation case against Kejriwal after his then lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, had used objectionable words against Jaitley during his cross-examination in the first suit.

According to the joint application, apart from Kejriwal, other AAP leaders — Chadha, Singh, Ashutosh and Bajpai — have “unequivocally” apologised for their statements against Jaitley in connection with irregularities in DDCA.

Vishwas has not yet tendered an apology and therefore, the proceedings shall continue against him.

Kejriwal also apologised for Jethmalani’s use of objectionable words against Jaitley during his cross-examination. On February 20, Kejriwal had concluded his cross-examination of Jaitley in the first defamation suit.

Vishwas did not move any plea to settle the litigation. So, the defamation case against him will continue. “He (Vishwas) will not apologise and pursue the cases that have been filed against him,” his aide Prabudh Kumar said.

After Kejriwal started issuing apologies for the remarks made by him against his political opponents last month, Vishwas had said that he would contest the defamation cases filed against him.

Vishwas has been at the odds with the party leadership for sometime now and shares a very cold relationship with his once “close friend” Kejriwal.

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