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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued notice to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, seeking his reply to the averments made in a fresh defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
Jaitley had earlier filed criminal and civil defamation cases against Kejriwal after the latter and his party colleagues made allegations of corruption in the DDCA during the presidency of Jaitley.
As reported yesterday, The fresh defamation suit has been filed after Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani made some unsavoury remarks while cross examining Arun Jaitley in the prior suit.
Jethmalani, appearing for the Delhi Chief Minister, had called Jaitley a “crook” and “being guilty of concealing his crime and crookery.”
At that very moment, the Finance Minister had clearly indicated that he would aggravate the charges against defendants if the statements made by Jethmalani in Court were in consonance with the instructions given by Kejriwal.
The nonagenarian lawyer, who is known for his scathing remarks, went on record and said that he did, in fact, have the consent of his client while making the controversial statements.
The suit makes a note of this, and states,
“It is apparent that Defendant possesses immense personal malice against the Plaintiff. It is also evident that the Defendant possessing malicious intent has also attempted to gain cheap political mileage, with ulterior motive and malafide design, by causing further damage to the impeccable reputation of the Plaintiff…
…As such, the Defendant has made himself liable for irreversible and uncountable damage caused to the Plaintiff and is liable to compensate the Plaintiff by a sum of Rs.10 Crores. The Plaintiff also reserves the right to initiate any criminal action for the commission of offences, as may be advised.”
The matter will now be heard on July 26.
Read the suit:
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