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In a rather anticlimactic end to the ongoing defamation case, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has apologized to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for making allegations of corruption against him.
Kejriwal and other members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) have withdrawn the said allegations unequivocally.
Along with Kejriwal, his party colleagues Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh, Deepak Bajpai and Ashutosh have also tendered their apologies to Jaitley.
AAP leaders had questioned the decisions taken by the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) during the tenure of Arun Jaitley, and had levelled several allegations of corruption against him as the President of the DDCA.
Jaitley had filed criminal and civil defamation cases against Kejriwal and his associates stating that the said allegations had damaged his reputation. Initially, Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani represented Kejriwal in the Delhi High Court but later quit after their disagreement regarding use of objectionable words against Jaitley.
Jethmalani had called Jaitley a ‘crook’ during the cross examination after which Jaitley filed another defamation suit for 10 crores against Kejriwal.
The apology letter by Kejriwal and his associates reads,
“These allegations made by me were based on information and papers furnished by certain individuals who represented to have first hand insight into the affairs of the DDCA. However I have recently discovered that the information and imputations contained therein are unfounded and unwarranted and I was clearly misinformed in making these allegations.”
Lately, Kejriwal and his associates have been on an apology spree. They have apologised to several high profile political adversaries like Nitin Gadkari, Kapil Sibal and Amit Sibal so that the defamation cases against them be withdrawn.
Read the letters: