New Delhi, May 23: Delhi High Court has issued a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal seeking his reply on the fresh defamation suit of Rs 10 crore filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him. Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta issued notice to Kejriwal asking him to respond as to why the defamation proceedings against him should not be initiated. Kejriwal has been asked to respond before July 26.Also Read - Omicron: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Urges People Not To Panic Amid Growing Concern Over New Covid Variant

Jaitley filed the defamation suit against Kejriwal over the use of an objectionable word by the Chief Minister’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani recently while arguing the previous defamation case. July 26 has been fixed as the date of next hearing in the case. Also Read - Crowd And Chaos at Terminal 3 Turning Delhi Airport Into 'Hotspot'? | Scary Pictures Emerge As Omicron Threat Looms

Jaitley filed the second defamation suit after Jethmalani allegedly “abused” him in open court and called him a ‘crook’ during the proceedings of another defamation suit he had filed against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief and five other party functionaries. Also Read - Delhi Nursery Schools Admission 2022-23 Big Update: Check All Important Updates Here

During the cross-examination of the Minister on May 17 before Joint Registrar in the Delhi High Court, Jethmalani had used the term ‘crook’ that Jaitley had found objectionable. “I intend to show that this man (Jaitley) is a crook,” said Jethmalani, prompting strong objection from Jaitley.

On being asked by Arun Jaitley whether the word “crook” used by him was in his personal capacity or as per the instruction of Arvind Kejriwal, the senior lawyer said it has been used by him on instruction from his client (Kejriwal). It was then that Jaitley decided to file the Rs 10 crore defamation case.