New Delhi, May 4: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas has 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 the court in person on Thursday, told Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw that before he made an apology or a statement, he needed to know if Kejriwal had lied to him when he said that allegations against Jaitley were based on documents.
Vishwas is now the only one against whom the defamation suit remains after Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai– tendered unequivocal apology to Jaitley in the 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.
Jaitley had lodged the defamation suit in 2015 against the six AAP leaders for alleging financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) when the Minister was its president. The BJP leader had denied all the charges against him. Appearing for Jaitley, his lawyer Manik Dogra refused to accept Kumar Vishwas’s stand that he toed the party line, saying that in the past, he too had claimed to have seen documents which corroborated their allegations. “He cannot now say he was parroting what others said,” Dogra said. Taking note of the plea of Kumar Vishwas that he needed more time to decide the future course of action, the court listed the matter for further hearing on May 28.