Jaitley files fresh Rs 10 cr. defamation suit against Kejriwal

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday filed a fresh civil defamation suit of ₹10 crore against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. The fresh suit is against Mr. Kejriwal’s counsel Ram Jethmalani allegedly abusing Mr. Jaitley in an open court during the proceedings last week of another defamation suit the Minister had filed against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and five other party leaders.

Mr. Jethmalani, during the cross-examination of the Minister on May 15 and May 17 in the Delhi High Court, used certain words, which were objected to by Mr. Jaitley. Advocate Manik Dogra, who is representing Mr. Jaitley, said they had filed a fresh civil defamation suit against Mr. Kejriwal as he (the Chief Minister), through his counsel, had used abusive language in the open court, which was also recorded in the order sheet. This warrants filing of a separate defamation suit, he added.

In the earlier defamation suit, Mr. Jaitley had sought ₹10 crore in damages from Mr. Kejriwal and AAP leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai for accusing him of financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which he was president from 2000 to 2013. Mr. Jaitley had denied all the allegations levelled against him by the AAP leaders.

Mr Jaitley has said that Mr Kejriwal has made baseless allegations against him publicly; accusing him of corruption during his 13-year-term as head of the DDCA, the powerful cricket body that governs Delhi and its surrounding areas. The Chief Minister’s choice of Mr Jethamalani as his main lawyer generated controversy when last month, it emerged that his government attempted to pay the 93-year-old’s legal fee of nearly four crores. After massive criticism, Mr Jethmalani said he would represent the Chief Minister without any charges.

Source : http://www.thehindu.com/

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