New Delhi: A second civil defamation suit has been filed against Delhi’s CM Arvind Kejriwal by Union Minister Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this Monday.
The civil suit amounts to 10 Crores is filed after Kejriwal’s counsel Ram Jethmalani has called the Union Finance Minister “crook” during the court proceedings last week in Delhi High Court.
Arun Jaitley appeared before Joint Registrar Deepali Sharma last week on Wednesday. On being called ‘crooked’ during the court’s proceedings by Arvind’s counsel Ram Jethmalani, Arun asked him whether the word used was as directed by the CM. “If this is so, I would aggravate the charges against the defendant (Kejriwal),” Arun said, adding that there was a limit to personal malice.
Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi counsels for Arun, sought directions from the court seeking a reply from the defendant about the remarks he made, were his personal choice or was he directed to do so by his client CM Arvind Kejriwal.
The counsel said if the remarks were as per the instructions given by the CM, they would amend the civil defamation suit and seek “ additional aggravated damages amounting to 10 crores. The counsel appearing for Arun added if the Counsel for the defendant made remarks in his personal capacity, then they would take up the matter with the Bar Council of India.
Arun filed the defamation lawsuit against Delhi’s CM Kejriwal along with his five party members namely Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, after CM accused Arun’s wife and daughter of being linked to fake companies.
The AAP party members have also made defamatory remarks against Arun for his tenure as Delhi District Cricket association president from December 1999 to December 2013. This act of Kejriwal was stated as a “serious act of libel through his malicious falsehood” by the Union Finance Minister, as reported in Indian Express.