Jaitley’s defamation suit: Delhi HC dismisses AAP leader’s plea

The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea of AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai seeking rejection of a defamation suit filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: February 8, 2016 4:24 pm
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The Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a plea of AAP spokesperson Deepak Bajpai seeking rejection of a defamation suit filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

A bench of Justice Vipin Sanghi dismissed the plea of the AAP leader, who had contended that Jaitley in his defamation suit has not made any specific averments against him and thus, he should be removed as a defendant.

The suit was filed against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, including Bajpai, by Jaitley in the backdrop of attacks on him over alleged irregularities and financial bunglings in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) of which he was the President between 1999 and 2013.

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During the arguments today, senior advocate H S Phoolka, who appeared for Bajpai, said, “No averments against defendent 6 (Bajpai) is made out in the plaint even as per the documents referred to in the plaint.”

He said that this plaint is liable to be rejected as it is not supported by the affidavit of the plaintiff (Jaitley).

“In defamation case there have to be specific averments but here it is absolutely nothing,” Phoolka said.

The court then queried, “In the plaint the plaintiff has repeatedly said ‘all defendents’, so it doesn’t mean that the plaint should exclusively mention defendent 6.”

Phoolka replied, “Wherever the plaint has said ‘all defendents’, it does not constitute a case of defamation against him. These are all narrations. The plaint does not construe the cause of action against defendent 6.”

Senior advocate Rajiv Nayar, who represented Jaitley, said that the plaint has specifically mentioned that the defamatory statements were made both individually and collectively as part of a conspiracy.

He further said that the Twitter handle of Bajpai made several defamatory statements against Jaitley.

“It was a conspiracy through concerted action to defame the plaintiff and same thread of allegations were made by other defendents,” Nayar said.

Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and the five leaders — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Bajpai, for issuing allegedly false and defamatory statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA when he was its President.

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  1. I
    IML sood
    Feb 8, 2016 at 2:51 pm
    Oh Aaptard see writing on the wall,in coming days such time is going to come these nautankibaj wifi not have any place to hide their faces.Everyone knows what art your achievements during one year.Some can be counted on fingers.Abusing each and everyone if anything goes against you,crying bias treatment, blaming everyone for own failures,going to court with false excuses, sheltering criminal upto last stretch,enjoying all privileges, raising own ries to many fold but making others starving by withholding due to Corps.and endless more if starters counting. How long one can fool people. Enough is enough. For Aaptard a warning loud bell.
    1. J
      Feb 8, 2016 at 2:52 pm
      Let them put in Jail that is only solution for India learn lesson to them do not blame other innocent people. You send for work for people do not for politics and achieve your seat for Delhi
      1. M
        Madhu Reddy
        Feb 8, 2016 at 1:58 pm
        Please AJ put this STREET DOGS( AAP and AK) in Jail permanently they are mentally and physically sick they need mental doctor ASAP shame on these PIGS Proud to be TEAM MODI supporter
        1. M
          Feb 8, 2016 at 9:04 pm
          Unless this is taken to its logical conclusion people will pay the price in the form of mis-Governance and encouragement to it as a consequence of this
          1. Atul Beri
            Feb 8, 2016 at 3:46 pm
            AAP party has been very liberal in slandering opposing political parties and Individuals. Since they have among their grouping a large number of Media connected persons they have used this strategy of Slander and Character isnation to quite effectively overtake their political rivals. However by taking on Mr jaitely they forgot he may have given up his legal practise but he has not forgotten the Art of being a Lawyer. i hope the courts take note of the habitual acts of AAP members and stamp out this Tendency firmly.
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