Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appearing before the Delhi High Court, in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation case, was grilled by Arvind Kejriwal’s counsel, Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani, in an open court on Monday.
The Finance Minister, during the course of the cross examination, was subjected to many pointed questions, and was asked to explain how he called the damage to his reputation "irreparable and unquantifiable".
Jethmalani a former BJP leader, attacked the every basis of Jaitley’s contention of defamation that his reputation was tarnished stating that it was the Finance Minister’s own assumption that he was "great”.
He also accused Jaitley of influencing Chetan Sanghi, the Delhi government vigilance chief who handled the DDCA case, and persuading him to go back on his report.
"There is no objective rational reason, besides the value that you put on yourself?" jibed Jethmalani.
To which Jaitley replied, "The value I placed, towards loss of my reputation was only a small part of the enormous damage done."
"It was your personal feeling about your own greatness that cannot be quantified in physical measure,” said Ram Jethmalani while he asked Jaitley to explain the meaning of the word "unquantifiable” which he had used in his petition.
Jaitley replied that his views were based on what "my friends, well-wishers and others, both privately and in the media, who had expressed an opinion on the subject."
He argued, "Considering my stature, background and reputation, the loss caused to me and my reputation was so enormous that it was considered unquantifiable."
However, Jethmalani was persistent on the fact that the defamatory statement Jaitley alleges to have been made by AAP did not cause him any monetary damage.
"You have not suffered any monetary damage as a result of this. In other words, you have neither lost money nor income,” said Jethmalani
While the senior advocate questioned as to whether he has read the defamatory portions himself and was sure that they were defamatory in nature, Jaitley retorted for raising objections on his "common sense.”
"Don't insult my common sense. I've quoted them in supporting documents and they are on record,” said Jaitley.
Jaitley has taken AAP to court for accusing him of a role in financial mismanagement at Delhi's cricket body DDCA, which he headed for 13 years till 2013. He had filed a civil defamation case demanding 10 crores in damages.
The matter has now been adjourned by the Delhi HC to Tuesday.