The DDCA today alleged in Delhi High Court that Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was in the "habit" of making "false and defamatory remarks" for motivated reasons to gain political mileage.
The submission was made before Joint Registrar A K Sisodia, who was hearing a civil defamation suit filed by the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) against Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad for their alleged remarks against the cricketing body about its functioning and finances.
“It is needless to mention that defendant no. 1 (Kejriwal) is in the habit of making such statements before the media for political gain by accusing others being corrupt and on the contrary calling himself crusader in fight against corruption.
“Defendant no. 1 is indulging in making such false and defamatory remarks for self-serving and motivated reasons, perhaps to remain in public eye to gain political mileage,” DDCA said in its reply filed through advocate Sangram Patnaik.
It said Kejriwal in his statement has not denied that he has not made a defamatory statement against DDCA and also admitted that the statements made by him are true and correct.
On other hand, Kejriwal, in his written statement before the court, had sought dismissal of DDCA’s plaint denying any “false, scandalous, defamatory… disgraceful and outrageous statement made by him” which could have caused “irreparable loss and injury to its image and reputation in the eye of the public at large”.
Azad too, while defending his alleged remarks against DDCA, had said no allegations were attributed to him in the civil defamation suit.
The BJP MP had stated that in the plaint filed by DDCA, there was reference to 14 newspaper articles but there were no specific allegations against him.