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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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Kejriwal exposed as a liar: BJP leader

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology

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  • Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Bikram Singh Majithia
  • BJP leader says that this apology established himself
  • BJP also alleged that Kejriwal did nothing while state aced so many problems

A day after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that he was involved in the drug trade, the BJP Delhi unit on Friday said he has exposed himself as a “liar”.

The BJP also alleged that he was doing nothing even while the people of the national capital were facing a number of issues due to sealing.

Arvind Kejriwal apologized to Bikram Singh Majithia. IANS

Addressing a press conference here, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Delhi unit President Manoj Tiwari said: ” What we have been saying for long has been proved today. He is a liar. He has apologised to Majithia for making false allegations against him.”

“He is on his way to apologise to (Union Finance Minister) Arun Jaitley ji and (Union Transport Minister) Nitin Gadkari ji for making false allegations,” the BJP leader said. Kejriwal is facing defamation cases in court for levelling allegations against Jaitley and Gadkari.

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The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief on Thursday apologised to the Shiromani Akali Dal leader in Punjab for making allegations of involvement in the drug trade, following which the latter said that he will withdraw a defamation suit filed in an Amristar court.

Tiwari, who represents the northeast Delhi constituency in the Lok Sabha, accused Kejriwal of misleading the people over the ongoing sealing drive in the national capital.

BJP MLA Vijender Gupta accused the AAP chief of only rendering “lip service” on the sealing drive and urged the Chief Minister to hold an all-party meeting with the Supreme Court-appointed Monitoring committee overseeing the drive.

“Since December last, Kejriwal is only doing lip service on the issue of sealing drive. He has done nothing to stop it,” Gupta, the Leader of Opposition in the Delhi Assembly, said.

He said that though Lt Governor Anil Baijal cleared the file for notifying 351 roads in the capital on February 8, the matter is still pending. “Why hasn’t he (Kejriwal) notified the 351 roads in the last 45 days?” Gupta asked.

BJP leaders are calling this apology a gimmick.

He also accused Kejriwal of hatching a conspiracy to mislead people by playing the emotional card of apology. Gupta warned the Monitoring Committee members not to act outside the law and said: “If the monitoring committee acts against law, then the BJP will oppose it.”

“We are going to inform the three municipal corporations of Delhi not to follow the commands of the Monitoring Committee if it goes against the law,” he said. “The MCDs should approach the court and also make Kejriwal a party,” the BJP leader added. IANS