Defamation case: High Court allows Kejriwal’s plea for two DDCA documents against Arun Jaitley

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The Delhi High Court on Monday agreed to entertain Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea asking for for two DDCA documents for cross-examining Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in connection with the defamation suit filed by the latter against AAP leaders.

Referring to one of Jaitley’s cross-examination sessions on Kejriwal’s behalf, the court said that questions put to the Union minister were not relevant to the case and the questioners should have restrained themselves from putting them, reported PTI.

The court also wondered on the direction in which the cross examination was heading towards. This came just three days after the High Court asked Kejriwal to wind up his cross-examination of Jaitley on 12 February itself.

The High Court, meanwhile, declined to entertain Kejriwal’s request asking for the entire minutes of meetings of the cricket body between 1999 and 2013 to be made available.

Jaitley had complained that he had been called nine times and subjected to over 250 “irrelevant questions” not connected to the allegations of misconduct against him and his family in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association which he headed from 1999 to 2013, another report by PTI added.

Jaitley had filed a civil defamation case against Kejriwal and five AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, alleging that they made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation. The finance minister has also sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

He had claimed that the AAP leaders attacked him over alleged irregularities and financial bungling in Delhi’s cricket association, of which he was the President for about 13 years.

Kejriwal had hired noted Supreme Court lawyer, Ram Jethmalani, who had referred to Jaitley as a ‘crook’ prompting the finance minister to threaten to file another defamation suit. Kejriwal had later denied having ever instructed Jethmalani to use the term ‘crook’ for Jaitley. This had led to fissures between the Delhi chief minister and Jethmalani with the latter quitting as Kejriwal’s counsel in the case.



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