New Delhi, Mar 15: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday apologised to former Punjab Revenue Minister Bikram Singh Majithia for levelling allegations of his involvement in drug trade. Arvind Kejriwal wrote a letter to Bikram Majithia and tendered an apology. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief’s apology came months after Majithia filed a defamation case against him.

Arvind Kejriwal wrote, “In the recent past, I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now I’ve learnt that allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues.” The Delhi CM added that the damage caused “to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friends, well-wishers, followers and the loss caused to you is regretted.”

“It is a historical moment for me personally and may be otherwise also where a sitting chief minister has apologised for the remarks he had made,” Bikram Majithia said after Kejriwal’s apology. Majithia had filed a criminal defamation case in May 2016 against Arvind Kejriwal, Sanjay Singh and Ashish Khetan who had targeted him on the drug issue during Punjab Assembly elections.

The former state minister had accused them of tarnishing his image and that of his family through false accusations. He also demanded a speedy trial in the defamation case so that the AAP leaders go behind bars for defaming him. Addressing an election rally in Amritsar in December 2016, Kejriwal had said Majithia had “played with the youth of Punjab by unleashing narco-terrorism in the state”, and vowed to put him behind bars.