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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    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.
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      JACK
      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
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        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
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          MyTake
          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
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            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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              Rajesh
              Feb 8, 2016 at 2:15 pm
              lol, now AAPs will get a well-deserved kick on the backside. Frankly, there should be extended jail term for these liars who manufacture fake allegations against others repeatedly. Any Nautankiwal, you had asked Jaitely to clear his name. That is exactly what he is doing. If the AAP is found guilty, then Nautanikwal must resign.
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                Karunakaran
                Feb 8, 2016 at 10:47 pm
                The photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai has two things to his credit: getting the Vallabh bhai statue made in China, and purchasing the Bullet train to Gujjuland for Rs 98,000 crores. On everything else the photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai and his equally neducated cabinet colleagues have miserably failed. India's economy is gone to the dogs. Oil purchase purchase price has dropped by 75%. But not a paisa has been ped on to the consumers. If this bonanza was ped on, India's economy could could grow in leaps and bounds. But dokhlabhai's big benefactors need billions in profit! The only people who praise the photoshopped selfie-chaser dokhlabhai are Gujjus based abroad. India is getting ready for Mr Nitish Kumar or Mr Rahul hi as the next PM.
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                  KB
                  Feb 8, 2016 at 2:29 pm
                  AAP walo ki fati padi hai.... hahahahahaha
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                    kris kumar
                    Feb 8, 2016 at 5:18 pm
                    AAP Khujriwal team has crossed all limits of decency and civility and I hope Khujriwal will think before he barks again. I think all those foul mouths of Khujriwal must pay for their obnoxious tongues. This accusation by AAPtards must stop and concentrate on the problems of Delhi. I think PM Modi has been softer on evil tongue of Khuriwal and may be PM thought it is better to inore this naxal anarchist and get on with more important jobs.
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                      kris kumar
                      Feb 8, 2016 at 5:21 pm
                      I am just waiting for some one to give Khujriwal another smack on his face.
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                        manjunath
                        Feb 8, 2016 at 12:42 pm
                        Teach APP a good lesson ,if they are wrong. They are misusing freedom of speech for their political gain.
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                          Manohar Sharma
                          Feb 8, 2016 at 11:33 pm
                          AAP has become a SHRAAP on the people of Delhi.
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                            Manohar Sharma
                            Feb 8, 2016 at 11:36 pm
                            Ab Aaya Kanjriwal Jaitely Ki Jooti Ke Neechay.
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                              murty
                              Feb 8, 2016 at 5:01 pm
                              CMand IITan behaves like a uneducated road side person has to be given lesson by courts .then only he will control his mouth.He is shame on IITians????Everybody considerded him as a pride of IITians when he joined Anna for great aggitaion.but become shame after he became CM and tru congress follower.
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                                Parth Garg
                                Feb 8, 2016 at 11:44 am
                                Let the truth prevail and not legal technicalities.
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                                  PURUSHOTTAM
                                  Feb 8, 2016 at 12:06 pm
                                  Work less and bable, cry, defame anyone in sight. Even stan or Gobels would have been ashamed of these zaduwals. Does any day of them begin without blaming, defaming or kicking anyone? Once shame-val always shamelessval. When they are not fighting anyone, they fight each other and sack each other.
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                                    Purush
                                    Feb 8, 2016 at 1:45 pm
                                    Good. We would like to see the case going to its logical end. No apologies or out of court settlements please. Enough is enough. The charge has to stick either way and let their be repercussions. We do not care.
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                                      ramesh
                                      Feb 8, 2016 at 3:31 pm
                                      It is AAP they are the worlds honest they have right to blame or ABuse they have absolute majority in Delhi.
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                                        Sajeev Kumar
                                        Feb 8, 2016 at 1:05 pm
                                        "AAP ka PAAP" is out now, since inception lot of accusation and abuse - this time around Accuse and Abuse Party (AAP) will not be allowed to run over!!
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