The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders on a defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against them.
Arvind Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders have been given three weeks to respond to a Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Arun Jaitley over a clutch of corruption allegations related to the city’s cricket body.
The court fixed the next day of hearing on the case as February 5.
The senior BJP leader has also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a city trial court against Kejriwal and party leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai, which will be heard again on January 5.
Jaitley also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Patiala House court on Monday, saying that the statements of these leaders would cause “irreversible damage” to his reputation.
Jaitley headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013.
Kejriwal has demanded that Jaitley must resign or be removed as union minister to enable free and fair probe into the DDCA issue.
AAP has alleged large-scale financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association that deepened during Jaitley’s 13-year-long tenure at the body. The BJP has rubbished these charges, blaming Kejriwal for indulging in diversionary tactics and pointed out that a central probe found no proof of wrongdoing.