Jaitley v. Kejriwal: Delhi HC allows summoning of two DDCA documents

Jaitley v. Kejriwal: Delhi HC allows summoning of two DDCA documents

Ashutosh Gambhir

The Delhi High Court yesterday allowed the plea filed by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking access to two documents pertaining to Arun Jaitley‘s tenure as Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) chief.

The plea was filed in the ongoing defamation case filed by the Finance Minister against Kejriwal for 10 crores, after the latter had made allegations of corruption in the DDCA during Jaitley’s tenure.

Kejriwal’s counsel Anupam Srivastav sought access to all the documents of the meetings from 1999 to 2013. However, Senior Advocate Rajiv Nayyar, appearing for Jaitley, objected to the same, calling it a fishing exercise.

The Single Judge Bench of Justice Manmohan allowed the summoning of only two documents pertaining to the tenure of Jaitley as the President of the DDCA, and also raised concerns over the direction in which the trial is headed.

The Court had earlier asked Kejriwal’s counsel to wind up Jaitley’s cross examination by February 12.

The case has been moving at a relatively slow pace ever since Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani quit as Kejriwal’s counsel following their disagreement regarding consent to use certain derogatory words against the Finance Minister.

Jethmalani had called Jaitley a ‘crook’ during his cross examination, after which Jaitley filed another defamation case against the Delhi Chief Minister for Rs. 10 crore. However, Kejriwal submitted that he did not authorise Jethmalani to use such words against the Finance Minister.

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