Kejriwal refuses to withdraw statement against Gadkari

Gadkari had alleged that he was defamed by the AAP leader who had included his name in the party's list of "India's most corrupt".

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:June 6, 2014 12:58 pm
Kejriwal was earlier summoned as an accused by the court in the defamation complaint. (Source: PTI) Kejriwal was earlier summoned as an accused by the court in the defamation complaint. (Source: PTI)

AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Friday refused to withdraw his statement in which he had levelled corruption allegations against Union minister Nitin Gadkari after a Delhi court suggested that they “bury the hatchet” and seek an amicable resolution on the criminal defamation complaint filed by the BJP leader.

“Why don’t you shake your hands before the court and finish the matter on an amicable note? Why don’t you bury your hatchet and utilise time in a more productive manner?”, Metropolitan Magistrate Gomati Manocha said after both Gadkari and Kejriwal appeared in the court.

“You both are renowned politicians. People look up to you,” the court added.

BJP leader Gadkari said that honesty is his political strength and his reputation is his capital.

“I am an honest politician and damage has been caused to my reputation by the defamatory allegation levelled against me by Kejriwal. I don’t have any personal enmity against Kejriwal,” Gadkari said.

He also told the court that he was ready to resolve the issue if Aam Aadmi Party leader Kejriwal withdraws his statement.

“I am ready to fight the legal battle. Let the inquiry against me proceed and charges be proved against me in public,” he said.

Kejriwal, however, refused to withdraw his statement and allegations which he had levelled against Gadkari.

“I can’t withdraw my statement and allegation. I have documentary proof for all the allegations,” Kejriwal said.

The court will take up the matter again at 1 PM today when it will hear the arguments on framing of notice.

The court had, on May 27, released Kejriwal from jail after he furnished personal bond at the advice of the Delhi High Court.

Kejriwal was earlier summoned as an accused by the court in the defamation complaint in which Gadkari had alleged that he was defamed by the AAP leader who had included his name in the party’s list of “India’s most corrupt”.

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    Cpy
    Jun 6, 2014 at 8:20 am
    Haathi nikal a(modi) poonch attak i(gadkari). Let fast track court be set for all elected representatives with criminal cases, as... Modi had promised. Then let us see how many seats remain with BJP.
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    m. abraham
    Jun 6, 2014 at 9:30 am
    Please state specific cases involving corrupt actions.
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    Bobby Cherian
    Jun 7, 2014 at 5:24 am
    He will not withdraw the case. Simply because Gadkari has the Aman hotel video tape wherein AK49 is clearly shown taking 2000crs from Makkan, Lovely Singh and Navin Jindal, something Gadkari confessed having some months back, but said he would reveal in an appropriate time. In his juvenile inebriated mind AK49 thinks that this is a quid pro...
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    James Bond
    Jun 6, 2014 at 10:02 am
    Mr.Arvind Kejriwal who wants to be 21 st century Mahatma thinks he does not make mistakes.He has proof against all the BJP,Congress and political parties and famous Business tycoons.I think he needs at least two years in jail sentence.May be he drop the dream of becoming 21 st Century Mahatma.
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    Damaru Prasad
    Jun 6, 2014 at 1:46 pm
    Think of his audacity when he challenged Narendra Mod of all leaders.
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    Girish
    Jun 6, 2014 at 7:53 am
    Like posting bail, Kejru will climb down on this issue too, just you see.If he doesn't, he'll further erode AA Party's base ki drama-party hai ye to.
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    Navi
    Jun 6, 2014 at 3:11 pm
    Aaj overtime kar raha ha tu james bond
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    Narendra
    Jun 6, 2014 at 3:53 pm
    Mr. Arvind Kejariwal should pray to Lord Krishna to clean the mind and thoughts of Nitin Gadgari. He can take his statement back saying that nobody actually is corrupt because Lord Krishna controls the actions of all. When Nitin has no control over his behavior, how can he be corrupt. It is all Lord Krishna's act that our country is full of corruption. Let's all pray that our country becomes corruption-free.
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