Jaitley’s defamation suit: AAP to submit 2000-page reply to HC

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Arvind Kejriwal Arun Jaitley

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) spokesperson Raghav Chadda on 12 January are scheduled to file a 2000-page written reply to the defamation suit filed by finance minister Arun Jaitley, in Delhi High Court.

Jaitley had accused Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders of making false allegation against him that he had committed financial irregularities when he was the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam. The five leaders include Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee. Jaitley has sought damages worth Rs 10 crore.

On its part, the DDCA has filed separate defamation suits in HC against Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad for making defamatory comments against the cricket body.

The issue started when Kejriwal protested against a raid on the chief minister’s office. Following this the AAP leaders briefed media in which they gave evidence that the raid was organised to seize documents of malpractices in the DDCA during Jaitley’s tenure as president.

Refuting the allegations, Jaitley told the court, “As President I didn’t get money from anybody.The board of directors DDCA had authorised the committee to supervise its construction. I was not a member of that committee.”