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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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Saw AAP MLAs Assaulting Chief Secretary, CM’s Advisor Tells Police

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement

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The AAP had denied the charges of assault and said that the Chief Secretary was making allegations at the behest of the BJP. Wikimedia Commons

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s adviser V. K. Jain on Thursday told police that he saw AAP MLAs Amanatullah Khan and Prakash Jarwal “physically assaulting” Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash, according to Jain’s statement recorded by the Delhi Police.

The AAP defended by stating that Jain had initially told police that he did not witness any assault and police has threatened Jain to change his statement.

On Tuesday, the Chief Secretary had alleged that he was beaten up by the two AAP MLAs in the presence of Kejriwal at the Chief Minister’s residence on Monday night, where he had been called for an emergency meeting.

ALSO READ: The assault on Chief Secretary exposes the double standards of AAP government

Police later arrested Khan and Jarwal and they were sent to judicial custody till Thursday.

According to the Chief Secretary, the Chief Minister’s adviser had called him over the phone and asked him to come to the Chief Minister’s residence for the meeting and Jain was also present there.

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According to the statement, Jain also saw that the Chief Secretary’s spectacles had fallen to the ground and the Chief Secretary picked them up and left the room. Wikimedia Commons

On Thursday, the Delhi Police submitted Jain’s statement at a city court, which said that Jain had gone to the washroom during the meeting and as he came out he saw the two AAP MLAs “physically assaulting” the Chief Secretary.

The statement was recorded under Section 161 of the CrPC, which means that it was recorded in front of the police and not a magistrate.

Sources told IANS that Jain later recorded his statement in front of a magistrate under section 164 of the CrPC.

“The statement under section 164 was later recorded with the magistrate in front a camera, without the presence of police. In that statement also he (Jain) has said that he saw the two MLAs physically assaulting the Chief Secretary,” a police officer privy to the case told IANS.

The officer said that the statement under section 164 has also been submitted to the court.

Jain was first questioned on Wednesday morning and then again on Thursday and his statement was recorded on Thursday.

The change in Jain’s statement that the AAP was referring to was from a “question and answer” with Jain recorded by police after questioning him on Wednesday.

According to a copy of Wednesday’s “question and answer” recorded by police, when asked whether Jain saw the Chief Secretary being manhandled, he replied that he had gone to the washroom in between the meeting and he could not say what happened during that time.

“By putting pressure on him (Jain) throughout the day (Thursday) and by threatening him, police has forced him to change his statement,” AAP MP Sanjay Singh told the media here on Thursday.

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Singh said that the whole issue was a conspiracy to “bring down the Delhi government” and to “defame the AAP”. Wikimedia Commons

 

“How is it that the same Jain who emphatically said yesterday that he witnessed no assault during the entire time that he was present there has now claimed otherwise?” he asked.

Singh said that AAP MLAs were being arrested over an alleged assault of which there was no proof.

“But on the other hand, despite there being video footage of officials assaulting Delhi Cabinet Minister Imran Hussain, there is no action taken against the guilty by the Delhi Police,” the AAP MP said.

The court on Thursday sent the two AAP MLAs, arrested on charges of assaulting the Chief Secretary, to judicial custody for 14 days.

ALSO READ: Delhi Chief Secretary row: AAP MLA arrested

Orders on the bail pleas of the two AAP MLAs and also on their police custody will be pronounced on Friday.

Meanwhile, scores of Delhi government employees across the city observed a five-minute silence outside their respective offices as a protest against the alleged assault on the Chief Secretary.

The IAS Association said that officers would continue the protest every day, till steps are taken to “ensure safety and dignity” of government staff in the city.

The AAP also hit out at Lt Governor Anil Baijal by stating that he was “working as a BJP agent” and demanded action against those involved in “manhandling and beating up” Hussain and his aide at the Delhi Secretariat on Tuesday. (IANS)