Defamation; FM accepts Kejriwal apology; Delhi HC disposes off suit

Delhi High Court on Tuesday passed a closure order of a Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised.
Mr Jaitley had filed the civil defamation suit seeking Rs10 crore damages from the maverick CM and five other leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, claiming their ‘false and defamatory’ statements regarding his helming Delhi and District Cricket Association had harmed his reputation.

The Union Minister filed the second defamation suit against Mr Kejriwal whose lawyer Ram Jethmalani allegedly ‘abused’ him in open court during the trial of the original defamation suit against the AAP chief and five other party functionaries.

Last year on May 17 before the Joint Registrar, Ram Jethmalani, used an ‘objectionable’ term during cross examination of the Union minister. Mr Kejriwal had submitted that he has never instructed his counsel to use scandalous words against the minister during recording of evidence.

It was submitted on behalf of both the counsel that the matter was amicably settled between the parties and Mr Jaitley had accepted the apology tendered by the AAP leader. Allowing the written undertaking and statement of both the leaders, Justice Manmohan disposed off the case on the settlement application jointly filed by Mr Jaitley and Mr Kejriwal.


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