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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