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Delhi HC dismisses Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to summon DDCA documents

During the hearing earlier, Jaitley had opposed Kejriwal's application saying the AAP leader has been trying to delay the proceedings by filing "frivolous" pleas, including the current one.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published: October 31, 2017 4:25 pm
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The Delhi High Court on Tuesday dismissed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea to summon the minutes of meetings of the cricket body DDCA between 1999 and 2014 in a defamation suit filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley. Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta declined to grant the relief sought by Kejriwal who along with five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders are facing a Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by the BJP leader.

Besides Kejriwal, the five others are Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai. The AAP leaders had accused the BJP leader of corruption while he was the President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) from 2000 to 2013.

During the hearing earlier, Jaitley had opposed Kejriwal’s application saying the AAP leader has been trying to delay the proceedings by filing “frivolous” pleas, including the current one. The BJP leader had filed the defamation suit against the AAP leaders for allegedly levelling “defamatory” charges against him in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA while he was its President.

The chief minister had sought summoning of the minutes of the meetings held by the General Body, the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors of the DDCA between 1999 and 2014. Kejriwal is facing a separate Rs 10 crore defamation suit by Jaitley after the AAP leader’s former lawyer, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani used “scandalous words” while cross-examining the BJP leader.

Kejriwal had later told the court that he had not instructed Jethmalani to use such words against the minister. Jaitley had denied all the allegations by the AAP leaders in December 2015 and filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from them Kejriwal, claiming they had made “false and defamatory” statements in a case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.

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  1. S
    Oct 31, 2017 at 4:48 pm
    I wonder why Jethmalani, suddenly came to fight for free and than suddenly withdrew after speaking rash words. He was a puppet for sure by BJP. Has DDCA provided the correct information seeked ? It is the information seeked from a public en y and not from any particular person. They have to provide the information regarding the use of public money by DDCA. It is not on personally on Jaitely, it could be seen as RTI on functioning of a public en y. If Jaitely is taking it personally, I doubt something fishy.
    1. S
      Oct 31, 2017 at 4:33 pm
      How can they make, Arvind Sir, responsible for what Jethmalani had said. Why Jethmalani later withdrew from the case ? after so many years of practise, Jethmalani should have known the words to use. it shows, he was used as a puppet by BJP. AAP sought the information not on person but on functioning of a public en y. Under RTI and Jan Lokpal, every citizen of this country has right to know, where and how public money has been spent. It was the information seeked by AAP on the functioning of the public en y, which is the right given by cons ution of this country. Is the information seeked has been provided as per RTI ? If not, than how can they say, it is defamation. Why Jaitely took it personally ? It could be the RTI seeked on working of DDCA. It could be true that Jaitely actually misused the public funds. AAP just sought a clarification, if the funds were used for correct reason. If they were than DDCA can provide the information and RTI should be closed.