New Delhi. May 28: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday withdrew the defamation case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas after he tendered an apology. The AAP leader on Monday wrote to Arun Jaitley tendering apology and seeking withdrawal of the civil defamation case. “We have accepted it,” said Jaitley’s lawyer, news agency ANI reported.
Vishwas had earlier told the Delhi High Court that his statements against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were based on information he gathered as a party worker from Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. Vishwas, who was present in person in court, said that before apologising to Jaitley, he wants to know if Kejriwal had lied.
The development has come over a month after Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders apologised to Arun Jaitley in Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against them by the union minister. Back then, Vishwas had maintained that he would do no such thing. “He (Vishwas) will not apologise and pursue the cases that have been filed against him,” his aide Prabudh Kumar said, as quoted by PTI.
In December 2015, Jaitley filed a civil defamation case against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, after they alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when the Jaitley was a minister.
Jaitley had claimed that the allegations were “false and defamatory” and harmed his reputation. Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.
Earlier, Kejriwal apologized to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal for making unverified allegations of corruption against them, following which they withdrew their defamation cases against. The AAP leader had also apologised to Bikram Majithia whom he had accused of being part of the drug trade in Punjab.