Peeved over the continuous wild allegations against him by AAP leaders, the war of words between AAP leaders and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the DDCA scam has now become uglier. Jaitley has now gone ahead and filed a civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and some other AAP leaders for making charges of alleged financial irregularities in Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) during his 14-year-old tenure as its chief. The senior BJP leader filed the defamation cases against AAP leaders at the Patliala House court. The cases were filed against Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders including Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai.
The Delhi government has, in the latest move in the battle against Jaitley, ordered a probe headed by Gopal Subramaniam, followed by a press conference by BJP MP and known Jaitley detractor, former India player and Bihar MP Kirti Azad, who repeated his charges of irregularities in DDCA but surprisingly did not take Jaitley’s name even once in the press conference.
The Finance Minister had said that he was not seeking an apology nor would he settle for one and his legal team would initiate civil defamation cases against Kejriwal and others in the Delhi High Court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts for “false and defamatory” statements against him and his family members.
Meanwhile , Delhi’s top cricketers have rallied behind Arun Jaitley. After Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Ishant Sharma, and India Test captain Virat Kohli too, tweeted in full support of Jaitley. “Grateful to have @arunjaitley ji as the president of our association. He has always wanted to improve the game and help cricketers in every way,” Kohli tweeted.