Recording his statements in a criminal defamation complaint filed by him against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal that Kejriwal and these five persons had given “false” and “defamatory” statements against him and his family members.
Jaitley also maintained that statements have been made to deflect attention from CBI probe against a particular person who is working with Kejriwal, court sources said, reported PTI.
Jaitley appeared before the court amidst tight security. Media persons were also not allowed to enter the court room and only the advocates have been allowed to attend the closed-door proceedings.
On December 21, the Union Finance Minister had filed criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders — Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai — for allegedly defaming him and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of upto two years in jail.
Jaitley had filed the complaint under various sections of the IPC including 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment), 501 and 502 (printing and sale of defamatory matter). Jaitley had said that the AAP leaders, with common intention, have from December 15 undertaken “a false, malicious and defamatory campaign against him and his family members for political mileage causing irreversible damage to him.”
The senior BJP leader’s complaint referred to some of the allegations made by AAP leaders in press conferences. One had claimed claimed that the CBI raided the office of Delhi government official looking for Jaitley’s “tax scam files”. The AAP leaders had also remarked that there was corruption worth several hundred crores under Jaitley’s tenure and that he had shielded DDCA for over 15 years.
Some statements were made orally and some through Twitter handle of the AAP leaders which have been carried by electronic and print media from December 15 to December 20, Jaitley said.