In a stinging retort to the defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that the finance minister has no public 'reputation to protect,' said reports.
In an affidavit before a Delhi court, Kejriwal has said that Jaitley had lost the 2014 Lok Sabha election by more than 1 lakh votes, according to NDTV. He is further reported to have stated that 'Indian democracy has never accepted his claim of public character.'
Kejriwal further claimed that 'no injury of any kind' was caused to Jaitley's reputation, and said that the suit was not related to his private character, but his public character, as reported by India Today.
Jaitley decided to file the defamation case after Kejriwal and other AAP leaders attacked him over alleged irregularities and financial misconduct during Jaitley's tenure as president of Delhi's cricket body, Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).
While denying the allegations, Jaitley claimed that it was Kejriwal’s way of diverting attention from the CBI raid on the Delhi secretariat in December 2015.
The raid had stoked a clash between the two with Kejriwal alleging that the raid was meant to seize some files purportedly containing details of alleged corruption in DDCA when Jaitley was its president between 1999 and 2013.
Kejriwal followed up his charge with his government decision to constitute a probe under the Commission of Inquiry Act headed by former Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, who has contended that the Delhi government has the authority to constitute such a probe.
DDCA has also filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and Kirti Azad for making the allegations, seeking Rs. 2.5 crore as damages from each of them.
With inputs from PTI