DDCA case: Court directs Kejriwal, Azad to file replies by 2 March

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In a civil defamation suit by the DDCA, the Delhi High Court on 15 January directed Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad to file their replies before 2 March.

Both Kejriwal and Azad had remarked against the DDCA about its functioning and finances.

After studying the suit filed by Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), Joint Registrar Anil Kumar Sisodia held the petition was “maintainable, so the defendants (Kejriwal and Azad) needed to clear their stand”.

The court’s order came on a plea filed by DDCA that Kejriwal “has indulged in false, shocking, scandalous, defamatory, baseless, slanderous,malicious, disgraceful and outrageous statements, which are defamatory against them”.

Appearing for the cricket body, advocate Sangram Patnaik said Kirti Azad also was a party in making such statements, “which were made to defame and cause harm to the plaintiff (DDCA), for self-serving and motivated reasons”.

He said the allegations against DDCA regarding financial irregularities and corruption in selections at the junior level spoiled its image.

“Consequently, the DDCA suffered a loss of Rs 500 crore. However, it is choosing to file the present suit for damages arising out of the said defamation by the defendants in the sum of Rs five crore (Rs 2.5 crore each).

“In addition to this, the DDCA has also demanded a public apology from Kejriwal and Azad,” said the complaint.

Meanwhile, finance minister Arun Jaitley has dragged Kejriwal and five AAP leaders to the HC for issuing false and defamatory statements against him and his family members.

Jaitley has sought damages of Rs 10 crore from them. Besides, the five Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders are also facing a criminal defamation case filed against them in the trial court by the minister.