New Delhi: Chief Minister of Delhi Arvind Kejriwal has been fined Rs 5000 by Delhi HC for delay in submitting a reply in the defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him.
The matter is related to Jaitley’s Rs 10-crore suit against Kejriwal after the Chief Minister’s former lawyer Ram Jethmalani called the finance minister a crook in court in May this year. This case is in addition to the defamation case against AAP leaders including Kejriwal which was filed by the finance minister in 2015.
On August 23, the court had asked Kejriwal to file a response to Jaitley’s plea in which Jaitley had seeked action against him for allegedly submitting a false affidavit. Earlier Jaitley had filed an application claiming that the Aam Aadmi Party chief had not been truthful in his affidavit in the defamation case when he claimed he had not asked his former counsel Ram Jethmalani to use defamatory words.
However, Jethmalani had opposed Kejriwal’s statement and withdrawn from the case. Now he doesn’t represent chief minister in the case.
On August 28, the court had dismissed Kejriwal’s plea against the decision of a single judge bench to increase hearing of the civil defamation case.
The 2015 case is related to Kejriwal’s claims that Jaitley had misused funds and his position while he was the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association. After the statement of Kejriwal Jaitley had filed a civil and criminal defamation cases against various AAP leaders including Kejriwal, Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai in 2016. He had also demanded Rs 10 crore for all his damages.