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New Delhi: Accusing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal of making false statements against him, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday recorded his statement in a court here in connection with a criminal defamation case he has filed.

Jaitley has filed a complaint against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders.

Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal recorded the statement of Jaitley as the complaining witness in the case, who appeared before the court amidst tight security.

The proceeding was held in-camera for security reasons.

According to court sources, Jaitley told the court that Kejriwal and the five people had given “false” and “defamatory” statements against him, harming his reputation.

“The statements are made by accused with a malicious intention in order to lower my reputation among my friends, supporters, and in the eyes of the right thinking members of the public at large,” said Jaitley while recording his statement.

He said: “The statements were made with the intention to deflect attention from a CBI investigation against a particular civil servant who was working with Kejriwal, in relation to a complaint filed by a third party.”

Jaitley requested the court to initiate proceedings against Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha, and Deepak Bajpayee for defaming him.

“The six accused named in the complaint by me have between the period December 15 and December 20, 2015, made/published in close cooperation and coordination with each other and with a common intention and knowledge a series of statements which are ex facie false and defamatory and towards me and my members of my family,” said Jaitley.

“During my entire tenure, I have not received directly or indirectly a single rupee from DDCA on any account whatsoever (sic.),” said Jaitley.

He told the court that during his tenure as President, Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a cricket stadium was built at Ferozshah Kotla that was supervised by a committee formed by the executive committee of the association.

He was not a member of the committee charged with the construction and renovations of the stadium.

Jaitley added that “in the capacity of president of DDCA, I used to chair the board meetings where only the important decisions were put up for approval before the board”.

“The accounts of DDCA were always duly audited and were subsequently all approved by the annual general meeting of DDCA. These accounts were submitted before the taxation authorities and balance sheets along with the annual report were filed with the registrar of the companies,” said Jaitley.

“The false imputation made by accused persons in the tweets/statement and in the press conference and Facebook and Twitter posts individually and collectively that money has been siphoned out in the construction of the stadium and the innuendo that I am a beneficiary of the same is per se false and defamatory to the knowledge of all accused persons named by me in the complaint.”

He told the court that the statement made by accused that he and his family had a pecuniary interest in this company was per se false and defamatory.

The court also recorded the statement of the chairman and editor-in-chief of India TV Rajat Sharma as complainant witness and posted the matter for February 3 for next hearing.

Jaitley, who headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013, has been accused of corruption by Delhi’s ruling AAP. He has denied the allegations.

Kejriwal has demanded that Jaitley must resign from the government or be removed as finance minister to enable an independent probe into the DDCA affairs. (IANS) (Photo: youtube.com)

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AAP party making homeless feel the brunt of winters

The problem is acuter for the women and kids, who have no place to hide themselves from the exceptional cold wave of winter.

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According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. Wikimedia Commons
According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. Wikimedia Commons

NEW DELHI: The whole of India is reeling under the intense wave of cold and especially the NCR region which is heavily bogged down by the fog blanket. People can be seen wrapped in heavy woolens and are turning up to bonfires to keep themselves warm. Many trains are also getting delayed almost an everyday basis due to the heavy fog.

The cold wave has started taking a toll on the people and Surviving the harsh weather condition is becoming a grim reality for many. The cold is intense and becoming unbearable for the people who are sleeping in open. Due to it, many homeless and poor people are taking the direct hit of cold weather in Delhi.

According to a survey conducted by the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board (DUSIB) in 2014, the national capital has around 16,000 homeless people. But the social activists deny these figures and state it to be around two lakh.

Also according to another report by Hindustan Times, the DUSIB’s winter action plan 2017-18 for night shelters was rolled out on November 15. But the ground realities are quite different from the claims made by the Arvind Kejriwal led party.

The minimum temperature recorded at 4.2 degree Celsius, three notches below the season’s average. The bone-chilling cold has brought many people to their knees and there is nothing much that they can do. According to police records, in the last six days, 44 people have already lost their lives due the bitter winter.

The huge promises of AAP party don’t seem to be fulfilled that they boasted during the time of election campaigns. One of the agenda that Arvind Kejriwal took up during election time was the rehabilitation of homeless people in makeover sheds. But the death count of people in the last 6 days has really brought the question of ethics and principals that was the prime agenda of AAP party.

In one of the recent tweets, former AAP party member, Kapil Sharma has exposed the filthy politics of Arvind Kejriwal.

The terribly cold nights on footpaths and open grounds are the only options left for homeless people. The Delhi government should come up with something substantial as the winter is already turning out to be too dangerous.

The problem is acuter for the women and kids, who have no place to hide themselves from the exceptional cold wave of winter.

Last year, following the demolition of the homeless shelter by the Delhi Development Authority (DDA), Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed his concern over the issue and assured that there will be makeshift habitats for poor people. But till now nothing has been done from the government side to subdue the problem.