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Wind up Arun Jaitley cross examination by Feb 12: Delhi HC to Arvind Kejriwal

The order came during hearing in a defamation suit filed by Union finance minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and 5 other Aam Aadmi Party leaders.

india Updated: Feb 02, 2018 18:56 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India, New Delhi
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Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal at the Republic Day celebration in New Delhi. (HT file)

The Delhi High Court on Friday directed Arvind Kejriwal to wind up on February 12 the cross examination of Arun Jaitley in a defamation suit filed by the Union finance minister against the chief minister and five other AAP leaders.

Joint registrar Rakesh Pandit said he went through the records of the suit and found that Jaitley was called on eight different dates and more than 250 questions were put to him during his cross examination by the Delhi chief minister.

“I feel sufficient opportunities have been granted to the defendant (Kejriwal) to cross examine the plaintiff (Jaitley). It is necessary to direct defendant to conclude his evidence on February 12. No further date for future cross examination will be given to Kejriwal,” Pandit said.

Kejriwal’s counsel Anupam Srivastava told reporters outside the court that he will appeal against this order.

The order came during the cross examination of Jaitley in his Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed in the wake of allegations of financial irregularities against him in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which he was President from 1999 to 2013.

Jaitley has filed the defamation suit against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai.

First Published: Feb 02, 2018 18:56 IST