The Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked the city’s chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad to file their written statements in a civil defamation suit of Rs 5 crore filed by DDCA for their alleged remarks against the cricket body regarding its functioning and finances.
According to PTI news, Joint Registrar Anil Kumar Sisodia directed Kejriwal and Azad to submit their statements within 30 days.
Both were expected to file their replies today (2 March) but failed to do so on the ground that the two had not received the fully copy of the suit.
“The counsel for the defendent number 1 and 2 (Kejriwal and Azad) appeared on the summons issue to them and submitted that they have not received the full documents. Plaintiff (DDCA) is directed to supply the copy to the defendants within a week from today.
“The defendants shall file their written statements (to the suit filed by DDCA) within 30 days after receiving the full documents. The DDCA will file replication (the response of a plaintiff to the defendant’s plea in an action at law, or to the defendant’s answer in a suit) within four weeks thereafter. The parties shall file the original documents from ten weeks from today after exchanging the same,” the court said.
It also directed that the affidavit of admission/ denial of documents shall be filed within 12 weeks from today and put up the matter for completion of pleadings and admission/denial of documents on July 7.
The court’s direction came during hearing of Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA)’s civil defamation suit in which Kejriwal and Azad were issued notice on 15 January for filing their written statements.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has filed separate civil and criminal defamation cases against Kejriwal and five other leaders of Aam Aadmi Party for allegedly defaming his reputation in public.