New Delhi, March 19: Delhi Chief Minister and AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday apologised to Union transport minister Nitin Gadkari in the defamation case. The AAP leader wrote to the minister expressing regrets for levelling unverified allegations against him. He requested the leader to withdraw the case. Also Read - Containment Zones in Delhi Rise to 445, Former North Delhi Mayor Test Positive, Capital to Get Corona War Room
“I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same. Let us put the incident behind us and bring the court proceedings to a closure,” Kejriwal wrote in the letter. Also Read - Increased Testing, Early Hospitalisation Can Curb COVID-19 in Delhi-NCR: Home Minister Shah
Kejriwal and Gadkari have filed a joint application in Delhi’s Patiala House Court seeking withdrawal of the defamation case. Also Read - Reviving Economy: Delhi Govt Forms Panel to Explore Economic Measures to Help Businesses
Meanwhile, the Delhi CM also apologised to Congress leader Kapil Sibal in a separate defamation suit against him, filed by Sibal’s son. Kejriwal had alleged that Kapil Sibal had a conflict of interest in seeking to revise a tax demand on telecom major Vodafone.
The Delhi CM recently apologised to SAD leader Bikram Majithia in a similar case, drawing ire from the opposition and AAP leaders. AAP leader Sanjay Singh disagreed with his action. Punjab’s AAP unit chief Bhagwant Maan had resigned from party post.
“We will apologise to people who we have hurt. We’re here to serve the people, we do not have the time to go to courts for such issues. We’re here to build schools and hospitals for the welfare of people,” Manish Sisodia explained.
The Indian Express reported that Kejriwal had a meeting with the AAP MLAs at Manish Sisodia’s residence. The 10 Punjab MLAs said the fight against Bikram Majithia would continue. An MLA said that Kejriwal admitted that there was a lack of communication, and he had not thought the issue would become so big.