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FM Jaitley opposes Kejriwal's fresh plea to summon DDCA records in Delhi HC

Jaitley said Kejriwal's application must be dismissed as he has been trying to delay proceedings

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley

Union Minister has opposed Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's plea in the (HC) seeking summoning of the minutes of meetings of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) held during 1999-2014.

had moved the fresh plea in a pending suit filed by the Union Minister against him and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders seeking Rs 10 crore as damages from them for allegedly levelling "defamatory" allegations with regard to irregularities in during Jaitley's tenure as its President.

64-year-old Jaitley, in his reply filed before Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta of the HC, said that Kejriwal's application deserved to be dismissed as he has been trying to delay the proceedings in the lawsuit by filing "frivolous" pleas, including the current one.

He has said the fresh plea was "not only a dilatory tactic but clearly a roving and fishing expedition".

The Delhi Chief Minister has sought summoning of the minutes of the meetings held by the General Body and the Executive Committee or Board of Directors of the between 1999 and 2014. was the President from 2000 to 2013.

Kejriwal, in his application filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava, has said he wished to cross-examine in the suit, whose hearing had witnessed a high drama when his former counsel and senior advocate had used some "objectionable and scandalous" words against the senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader.

Jethmalani, who has now stopped representing in the case, recently wrote letters alleging that those words were spoken at the instruction of the chief minister and his former client had hurled worse abuses against in their meetings.

Jaitley, who holds Finance and Defence portfolios, filed his reply through advocate Manik Dogra and said the Civil Procedure Code provided that if wanted to summon a witness or the records, he must mention them in his list of witnesses.

The list of witnesses was required to be filed within 15 days after the court framed issues to be decided in the suit.

said, "it is admitted position that the defendant (Kejriwal) in his list of witnesses has not mentioned any such witness whom he wants to be summoned to produce the record of "

He said it was "evident that made per se defamatory statements against the plaintiff (and his family members). He (Kejriwal) earlier claimed that his statements were on the basis of documents available with him.

"It is abundantly clear that there was no basis for the defendant to have made said defamatory statements and he is now searching for sundry documents to buttress his defence".

Jethmalani's statement that scandalous words were used at the instance of Kejriwal, led to the filing of a separate Rs 10 crore civil suit against the Chief Minister.

After this, had told the court that he had not instructed to use "scandalous" words against the union minister.

Following this, moved an application to expedite the recording of evidence in an orderly and fair manner of his first suit against and others.

During the hearing, Justice Manmohan had warned against asking any "offensive and scandalous" questions to

The court had also asked his new counsel to give an undertaking that no objectionable and offensive questions would be put to during the cross-examination slated on August 28.

Besides Kejriwal, the five other accused in the suit are leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai. The leaders had accused the leader of corruption as the President.

had denied all the allegations by the leaders in December 2015 and had filed a civil suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from and the others, claiming they had made "false and defamatory" statements in a case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.

First Published: Sun, July 30 2017. 12:20 IST
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