Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday apologised to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the criminal and civil defamation case filed against the former and five AAP leaders.
Jaitley had sought compensation worth Rs. 10 crore as damages after the AAP leaders accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as the boss of Delhi’s cricket association DDCA. His apology letter said, “I had made certain statements about you in December 2015 and thereafter in connection with your tenure as the President of the Delhi & District Cricket Association. These allegations also form part of the subject matter proceedings currently pending adjudication before the Hon’ble Delhi High Court and Ld. CMM, Patiala House Court, New Delhi.”
He goes on to write, “I’ve recently discovered that the information and the imputations contained therein are unfounded and unwarranted and I was clearly misinformed into making these allegations. Therefore, I unequivocally withdraw all the allegations made by me in question whether made in print, electronic or social media against you.”
It’s not clear if Jaitley has accepted his apology. While a report by NDTV said that the finance minister had accepted Kejriwal’s apology, ANI reported that the ‘defamation suit(by FM Arun Jaitley) was not being withdrawn.’
This follows Kejriwal’s apologies to former Akali Dal minister Bikram Majithia and Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and former union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.