Jaitley accepts Kejriwal apology, duo move HC to 'settle' defamation cases

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Apr 02, 2018, 05.10 PM(IST)

File photo of Arun Jaitley. Photograph:( ANI )

Arun Jaitley on Monday accepted Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders' apology, Jaitley counsel confirmed today. 

A joint plea was today moved by Union Minister Arun Jaitley and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to "settle" their over two-year-old litigation regarding alleged defamatory statements made against the BJP leader after the AAP supremo apologised for his remarks. 

The joint application was mentioned before Justice Manmohan by advocates Manik Dogra and Anupam Srivastava, who appeared for Jaitley and Kejriwal, respectively. 

The court agreed to list the matter for hearing before the appropriate bench tomorrow if no technical objection is raised by the registry. 

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and three other AAP colleagues Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Ashutosh apologised to Jaitley in a defamation case he had filed against him. 

"In the civil case, we'll agree to a decree in the matter based on apology and the acceptance thereof," said M Dogra, Jaitley's counsel. 

In his apology letter, Kejriwal admitted having made "certain statements" about Jaitley in connection to his tenure as the President of the Delhi & District Cricket Association. 

Jaitley had filed a Rs 10-crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders -- Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai. All six alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when Jaitley was its president.

Embroiled in a legal mess with 30 defamation lawsuits, Kejriwal has been on an apology spree since last month. After apologising to Punjab ex-minister Bikram Majithia, Kejriwal apologised to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal's son Amit Sibal. 

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