Finance minister Arun Jaitley filed a Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit against Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday over a slew of allegations leveled by the Aam Aadmi Party over the past week in connection to financial irregularities in the city’s cricket body.
Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore damages from the AAP leaders for making “false” statements against him over alleged irregularities in DDCA.
The senior BJP leader had told agencies on Sunday that the cases would be being filed in his personal capacity against Kejriwal and others who have issued “false and defamatory” statements against him.
Jaitley said his legal team would institute civil defamation cases against Kejriwal and others in the Delhi high court and criminal defamation cases in the Patiala House courts.
AAP will also file a First Information Report or police complaint againstJaitley alleging forgery, corruption and loot of public money in the DDCA or Delhi and District Cricket Association.
The Delhi government has also ordered an inquiry headed by former Solicitor General of India Gopal Subramaniam.
The big guns from the AAP and BJP have traded fire over alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association which, the city’s ruling party claims, deepened under Jaitley’s watch. The AAP government has also ordered a probe into the reported financial misconduct. The finance minister headed the DDCA for over a decade.