Dissident AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Thursday took to Twitter to inform that he had been acquitted in one of the cases related to assembly election campaign for his party.
He said that he had engaged his personal lawyers to fight the said case adding that ‘cowards left the battle’ but his fight will continue. He wrote, “Acquitted in one of the cases related to AAP Delhi assembly election campaign. I had engaged my personal lawyers for the same. Dozens of other political cases going on. Cowards left the battle filed (sic) but Let the fight and the fire continue. Jai Hind.”
Acquitted in one of the cases related to AAP Delhi assembly election campaign?. I had engaged my personal lawyers for the same. Dozens of other political cases going on. Cowards left the battle filed but Let the fight and the fire continue. Jai Hind ❤???
— Dr Kumar Vishvas (@DrKumarVishwas) April 26, 2018
The coward jibe by Vishwas is believed to be for the top AAP leadership including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
Vishwas has fallen out of favour with Kejriwal after he was denied a Rajya Sabha seat by the party, which chose to nominate two unlikely candidates for the Upper House of the parliament. This was then followed by Kejriwal astonishingly tendering apologies to his political rivals including the former Punjab minister, Bikram Singh Majithia, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal.
Jaitley had withdrawn his Rs 10 crore defamation case against Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders including Asutosh, Sanjay Singh, Dipak Bajpai and Raghav Chadha following their joint apology. Vishwas had declined to apologise to Jaitley even though he too was named in the case filed by Jaitley.
On Thursday, The Delhi High Court sought to know from Vishwas if he wanted to cross examine Jaitley in the defamation suit filed against him by the Union Minister in the DDCA corruption case. Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, reported PTI, directed the counsel for Vishwas to bring the rebel AAP leader to court on the next date of hearing on 3 May.
While the high court had on 3 April closed two defamation suits against Kejriwal and four AAP leaders after a joint settlement plea was moved before it, a trial court had acquitted the CM and others, except Vishwas, in the criminal defamation case. “Counsel for plaintiff says defendent 1 (Kejriwal) has withdrawn all allegations and since defendent 4 (Vishwas) has relied on the written statement of Kejriwal, the allegations do not survive qua Kumar Vishwas. Let defendent 4 (Vishwas) appear in person on May 3,” Justice Endlaw was quoted by PTI.
It’s not clear whether Vishwas will agree to cross-examine Jaitley next month. The poet-turned politician had, in the past, complained of not getting any legal help from the party to fight multiple political cases. His claims were, however, rubbished by AAP’s Ankit Lal, who had tweeted ‘evidence’ of legal help provided to Vishwas on various occasions.