HC asks Arun Jaitley to respond to Arvind Kejriwal's plea seeking to expunge trial court's remarks in DDCA case

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court sought a response from Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea to expunge remarks made against him by a trial court in a criminal defamation case filed by the BJP leader.

Jaitley had filed the criminal defamation complaint alleging that the accused, including Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Bajpai apart from Kejriwal, had defamed him in a controversy regarding Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when he headed it for over a decade.

File image of Arun Jaitley. AFP

File image of Arun Jaitley. AFP

A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley against them in the Delhi High Court in the matter seeking Rs 10 crore as damages.

Justice Mukta Gupta issued a notice to Jaitley and sought his stand regarding Kejriwal's plea against the trial court's remarks made while dismissing his application seeking to be heard on the point of framing of notice in the case.

The high court will take up this matter on 13 July. The trial court, while dismissing the application filed by Kejriwal and the five Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, had said the plea was "bereft of any merit, mala fide and filed solely with a view to stall" the proceedings.

The trial court had dismissed their application on 30 January, 2017. Kejriwal has also moved another application claiming that
some of the alleged remarks attributed to him and other AAP leaders by Jaitley in his criminal defamation case were not defamatory.

It was contended by Kejriwal's lawyers that the remarks attributed to him were taken from news publications and social
media extracts.

However, as these news reports or social media extracts had not been filed by Kejriwal's lawyer, the court gave them time till 22 May to file the documents in support of their plea. The second plea would be taken up for hearing by the court on 22 May.

In his first plea, Kejriwal had also challenged the trial court's 30 January order, in which the remarks were made, but his lawyers decided to give up that prayer saying they would file a separate petition on the issue.

Updated Date: May 09, 2017 12:35 PM

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