Dissident AAP leader Kumar Vishwas on Thursday said he regretted damage caused to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the defamation case filed by the latter. The poet-politician also asked the Delhi High Court if Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had lied before he apologised to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley or whether the reason for his apology amounted to a lie.
The court on 26 April had asked Vishwas to be present in person to clarify whether he wanted to cross examine Jaitley in the defamation suit. Vishwas is the only remaining AAP leader, who has not apologised in the defamation case filed by Jaitley.
Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders namely Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai have already tendered unequivocal apology to the finance minister.
Vishwas also told Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw that his statements against union minister Arun Jaitley were based on the information received as a party worker from his leader Kejriwal. However, lawyer Manik Dogra, who was appearing for Jaitley, refused to accept the stand of Vishwas that he towed the line of his party leader, saying that he too had in the past claimed to have seen documents while making the allegations, reported PTI.
“He cannot now say he was parroting what the others said,” Dogra was quoted by news agency PTI. Jaitley’s lawyer also said that Vishwas too must apologise unequivocally as the others had done.
Vishwas sought more time from the court to decide what statement he must make. He told the court in Hindi that he regretted the damage and injury caused to Jaitley, but needed more time to decide what statement he can make to dispose of the suit. “I am personally not interested in going ahead with the case,” the AAP leader was quoted by Indian Express.
The court listed the case for 28 May.