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Kejriwal defamation case: Jaitley to be cross-examined before single judge, not joint registrar, says Delhi HC

The court has fixed the matter for February 12 before Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw for Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's further cross-examination.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 9, 2018 1:23 pm
The court agreed to delegate the cross-examination of the BJP leader to the single judge after the lawyers for Arun Jaitley and Arvind Kejriwal agreed to it. The court agreed to delegate the cross-examination of the BJP leader to the single judge after the lawyers for Arun Jaitley and Arvind Kejriwal agreed to it.

The Delhi High Court on Friday decided to transfer the ongoing cross-examination of Arun Jaitley before the joint registrar to a court in a defamation suit filed by him against AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal and five other party leaders.

Expressing a view that any matter, including the present one, should be conducted fairly and in time-bound and speedy manner, Justice Manmohan said the cross examination of the finance minister be done by a single judge of the high court.

He further said now the joint registrar’s order directing Kejriwal to conclude Jaitley’s cross-examination on February 12 becomes infructuous as now the court will decide the date and the relevancy of questions put to the Union minister.

The court has fixed the matter for February 12 before Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw for Jaitley’s further cross-examination.

The court agreed to delegate the cross-examination of the BJP leader to the single judge after the counsel for the Jaitley and Kejriwal agreed to it.

“I agree to transfer this suit for cross-examination before a court. Lets be practical and allow trial to go on. There are even orders of this court to conduct the matter in a fair, time-bound and speedy manner.

“Now let the court decide whether to allow or disallow the questions. Lets put an end to it as it is going in a wrong direction,” Justice Manmohan said.

The court’s direction came during hearing of Kejriwal’s appeal against joint registrar’s February 2 order directing him to conclude the cross-examination on February 12 itself.

Jaitley was being cross-examined by Kejriwal’s counsel in his Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed in wake of allegations of financial irregularities against him in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which he was the 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 for accusing him of the irregularities and has denied all the allegations.

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  1. Ashok Dhingra
    Feb 9, 2018 at 7:54 pm
    Kejriwal has started collecting money to be paid to Jaitley from IMF by applying for loan for welfare schemes of Delhi.
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    1. Arun Kumar
      Feb 9, 2018 at 6:38 pm
      It is misfortune that our Judiciary takes long time to come to conclusion which help People like Kejriwal to allege corrupt charges against honest leaders like Nitin Gadkari and Arun Jaitley.However Kapil Misra his colleague make him to keep quite when he himself was resorting corrupt activities.
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        1. gopal vaidya
          Feb 9, 2018 at 3:37 pm
          This is a text book example of the abuse of legal process. The deposition and cross-examination should have been completed in writing and in a single meeting. A decision should then have been rendered by the judge immediately. Instead, we have had multiple hearings, multiple depositions and now a new judge is taking over. Our legal system, led by a self appointed judiciary, is a disgrace.
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          1. Pramodkumar Kulkarni
            Feb 9, 2018 at 5:30 pm
            Mr vaidya, looks like you are totally unaware of legal process
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          2. Vijayan Thiru
            Feb 9, 2018 at 3:29 pm
            Our judges don't trust their eyes or ears. Jaitley was abused in court before a Judge. Poor Jaitley has to wait for years. For commen men it'decades.we need cooperation from lawyers, judges, citizens to build New India, new judicial low crime India
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