DDCA row: Arun Jaitley files separate defamation suit in HC, seeks Rs 10 crore as damages

Accompanied by Cabinet colleagues, MPs, MLAs and lawyers, Jaitley also filed criminal and civil defamation cases in a city court and the Delhi HC respectively against Kejriwal and five senior AAP leaders.

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi | Updated: December 22, 2015 12:59 pm
FM Arun Jaitley arrives at the Patiala House court to file defamation chargers against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his team in the DCCI case in New Delhi on monday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 211215 FM Arun Jaitley arrives at the Patiala House court to file defamation chargers against Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal and his team in the DDCA case in New Delhi on Monday. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

Accompanied by dozens of supporters, cabinet colleagues, MPs, MLAs and lawyers, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley filed a criminal defamation case in a city court against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five senior AAP leaders. Jaitley also filed a separate civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore as damages before the Delhi High Court.

The criminal defamation plea, which was heard before the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) Sanjay Khanagwal, has sought action against Kejriwal, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai under sections 499, 500, 501, 502 of the IPC for offences that involve making and disseminating defamatory statements. These carry a maximum prison sentence of two years and a fine.

 

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The complaint relies on tweets, Facebook posts and press statements made by the AAP leaders, targeting Jaitley for alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). Jaitley was the president of the body till December 2013.

The AAP had raised allegations over the money spent on the construction of Feroz Shah Kotla stadium, and sponsorship deals with a company for use of private boxes.

Jaitley alleged that the AAP leaders had “collectively undertaken a false/malicious defamatory campaign” to “gain political mileage and other unwarranted benefits at the cost of causing irreversible damage” to him and his family, as they were “political opponents of the BJP”.
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“…21st Century Media Pvt Ltd is a professional sports management company of which neither the complainant nor any one of his family members ever had any commercial dealings/commercial interest/shareholding, nor was complainant ever on board of the company,” stated the complaint.

Senior advocate Siddharth Luthra, representing Jaitley, claimed the defamatory campaign was a “counter blast” to “shift attention” from the CBI’s investigation into Delhi government officials based on a “corruption complaint by a third party”.
Luthra also said “proof” of Jaitley not being involved in the alleged corrupt activities “would be seen” in documents of the Registrar of Companies.

View pics: Arun Jaitley at Patiala House Court

“The complainant is a senior member of the Bar and belongs to a reputed legal family. He has been the leader of opposition in the Rajya Sabha for several years and is now the finance minister… They (AAP leaders) have caused irreversible damage to his name and credibility, both in his personal and professional capacity,” said Luthra. He added that the finance minister “far from taking pecuniary advantage, had not even taken legitimate reimbursements for expenses from the DDCA” during his tenure as president.

Luthra also said the AAP leaders, as “public figures and journalists” were “well aware” that the statements being made by them were defamatory. Luthra also said 21st Century Media had issued a legal notice to the leaders and may soon file a similar defamation case.

The CMM will record Jaitley’s statement on January 5. The defamation suit is expected to be heard by the high court Tuesday.

 

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    VIJAY
    Feb 9, 2016 at 11:15 am
    Well done Arun Jaitley , All Indian who love their country are with you and we all know you are Going to come out as a winner .let the court matter take good speed Regards and best wishes
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      Aryan
      Dec 21, 2015 at 5:56 am
      Dear Arvind, despite of the effective governance of the City, you shout like an entry level student. Make a deep breath and invite the truth into the brain. A public fast pardon will look as a sincere mistake in the face of supporters. The loss of case is painful. The less judicial procedures based on emotions are avoided, the more public points an executive gains for the w team. The Executive Power of the City is not a political power of the Party (subject to the Indian Consution) The last could be for the bad artist. Brain!
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        Adi
        Dec 22, 2015 at 4:05 pm
        To Save Delhi chief Secratary or close to CM secratary this w Drama was made by AAP..now people in Delhi have forget CBI raid on chief secratary and focusing on DDCA scam...lol...Well pla by Delhi Govt this is the way how corruption is stopped by AAP
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          Bharatk
          Dec 21, 2015 at 5:44 am
          " Why should my family be part of a sports management business?" This moron has direct involvement in running sports as business and have no shame in denying it.
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            Doggy_Kejriwal
            Dec 21, 2015 at 10:07 am
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              Doggy_Kejriwal
              Dec 21, 2015 at 5:41 am
              put this mad dog kejri behind bars and teach him a lesson for making false allegations against one of the honest leaders of India.
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                Doggy_Kejriwal
                Dec 21, 2015 at 10:07 am
                thehindu/news/national/gadkari-defamation-case-kejriwal-drops-plea-against-court-order/article7247291.ece
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                  Doggy_Kejriwal
                  Dec 21, 2015 at 10:07 am
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                    Doggy_Kejriwal
                    Dec 21, 2015 at 6:48 am
                    Kumari vishwas is also not trustworthy..
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                      Rob Krishnan
                      Dec 21, 2015 at 2:25 pm
                      So, what is it with the politicians like the hi family & this IITian. Why are they soooo averse to dealing with the court of law? Why do they seem to think that they are above the law and somehow the world has bestowed this right on them to be treated differently? A lawsuit has been file against you and not a fatwa or sanctioned a supari on you. So, whats your problem?
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                        TIHAEwale
                        Dec 21, 2015 at 5:50 am
                        Arun Jaitley will regret for filing the defamation case against Akela Arvind and his team because Akela Arvind is a street fighter and Arun Jaitley will be forced to downgrade himself to street side urchin level and eventually may not even win.
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                          Vasudev Shirahatti
                          Dec 21, 2015 at 6:34 am
                          Very welcome move. These people must be taught a lesson of their lives. I am sure Kejriwal will team up with Laloo and Congress in 2019. Politics is the last resort of scoundrell !
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                            Anil
                            Dec 21, 2015 at 9:06 am
                            One should fight against Corruption and it may be their in most of the organization in india. But here problem is is that those who are blaming, does not have any credibility . as the team consists of a sadak chaap shair/kavi , few khofia agents and few self attested honest and son of freedom fighter. Delhi is fed up with their agenda and priorities. They are not capable of doing any good for people of delhi , as they behaved and act like B party of congress. The most sad part of this situation is that they know in any case they will get support and vote from a particular lobby / community.
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                              Anil
                              Dec 21, 2015 at 4:42 pm
                              Already more than 1 year has ped , but Shri shri kejriwal and his circus is yet to start working as CHIEF MINISTER OF DELHI. But people of Delhi should not mind that, as he is busy in some thing more important. No doubt fighting Corruption is a very noble cause. Becaaause he and his team is very busy, he often write letters to P.M for doing jobs/activities or solving day to day problems of delhi. He is being outsourced by kongress and others to fight corruption. We wish every state and all parties should be blessed with Kejriwal and Kirti Azad.
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                                Neutral
                                Dec 21, 2015 at 9:05 am
                                now dont withdraw it on jharuwala's apology as usual happened in gadkari case, u r a lawyer, fight the case and get compensation and put jharuwala behind bar for 3 years! teach him a lesson, that India wants!
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                                  arc
                                  Dec 21, 2015 at 7:02 am
                                  Arun Kalmadi Jaitley now flaunts SFIO certificate from UOA govt. Wasn 't everything about uoa rotton and corrupt? So, was the Sfio certificate also obtained through corruption? What an irony.
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                                    AlsoIndian
                                    Dec 21, 2015 at 8:12 am
                                    Ulta Chor Kotwal ko Dante!!!!!!!
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                                      Paramjeet
                                      Dec 21, 2015 at 10:44 am
                                      AB IN SAB KI B... BANDH HO JAYE GI..........................
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                                        S.Gonesh
                                        Dec 21, 2015 at 11:00 am
                                        It is a good action. Kejriwal and his anarchists- gang went too far in accusing the FM without proof. Kejriwal proof it now!
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                                          Bodan
                                          Dec 21, 2015 at 8:14 am
                                          Now the bluffer liar and hooligan Kejri and team will face the music. There is no scope for apology. Eaach one has to either prove what they said or pay Rs 10 Cr each. Even if they have something to produce, still court will punish them because they have taken the role of judiciary to announce guilty.
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                                            Biswaranjan
                                            Dec 21, 2015 at 6:38 am
                                            No He will not. Kejriwal will and I Quote what his Mr Ashutosh has to say" Arun Jaitely may take us to the courts, we will take him to the courts of the People" What a clic hindi film dialogue. So why have courts in the first place?.Kejriwal has always been a street's best actor and I think he should get a couple of Filmfare awards too for his acting career. DharnaMAN. This time around Kjriwal will bite the dust.
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