Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has appeared before the Delhi High Court in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation case today.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has appeared before the Delhi High Court in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation case today. He is being cross-examined by counsel for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani. FM Jaitley has said, “All facts are plain and clear. My reputation has been damaged.” In the previous hearing, Jaitley tendered evidence in support of his civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and the AAP leaders. Jaitley had filed the suit seeking Rs. 10 crore in damages after Kejriwal and five Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders accused him of alleged irregularities and financial bungling in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), that was headed by FM Arun Jaitley for 13 years until 2013.
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Jaitley denied of all charges and filed a criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case was filed in the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court on November 22 dismissed Kejriwal’s plea seeking a stay on trial court proceedings in the case.
Ram Jethmalani is representing Arvind Kejriwal asked over 50 questions for proving that the defamation case was unfounded, according to an NDTV report. Jethmalani said, “There is no objective rational reason, besides the value that you put on yourself?” to which FM said, “The value I placed, towards loss of my reputation was only a small part of the enormous damage done.” Ram Jethmalani further said that there was no monetary damage, because of which the case is ‘unquantifiable’ and FM Jaitley responded, “The loss of my reputation has been partly quantified in terms of money. Loss of areputation causes mental distress to the person defamed, which it did in my case.”
(With agency inputs)