In an another embarrassment to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener Arvind Kejriwal, a Delhi court on Wednesday rejected the plea to dismiss the defamation case filed against him and other party leaders by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
"No illegality or question of sustainability can be made out," the court said, pronouncing the Delhi Chief Minister's request "devoid of merit".
"The request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) is rejected, being devoid of merit and the same is culminated into dismissal of the present petition,” Justice P S Teji said.
Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint alleging Kejriwal and five AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai — had defamed him in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy. On April 7, the trial court had granted bail to Kejriwal and others after they had appeared before it.
On December 21, 2015 Jaitley had filed a complaint against Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia and several other AAP leaders for allegedly trying to defame him in the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam. In his complaint, Jaitley had accused the AAP leaders of making 'false and defamatory' statements on him in the DDCA scam, thereby harming his reputation.
The finance minister had rejected the charge that he had syphoned off money from DDCA for his own benefit. The finance minister had said that the statements of the six AAP leaders against him and his family members lowered his dignity in the eyes of the public at large.
Jaitley had said Kejriwal's statement that he received money when the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium was constructed during his tenure as the DDCA chief, was false as the board of directors had constituted a committee to supervise the work and he was not a member of this supervisory committee.