Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today filed both civil and criminal defamation cases against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him and sought Rs 10 crores in damages and their prosecution for offences that entails a punishment of upto two years in jail.
A week after a CBI raid on the Chief Minister’s secretariat against his principal secretary that triggered allegations by AAP against Jaitley in the affairs of the Delhi’s cricket body DDCA, the minister took the legal recourse saying the AAP leaders’ “malicious and defamatory” campaign was causing irreversible damage to him.
The others who have been named in both the petitions are Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai.
The Patiala House Courts in the heart of the city saw the rare spectacle of a union minister walking amidst a jostling crowd of BJP supporters, who shouted slogans against Kejriwal, to enter the court of Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal to file the criminal complaint.
Jaitley came to the court a little after lunch at 2.05 pm and the proceedings lasted 35 minutes.