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Kejriwal using delaying tactics in DDCA case: Arun Jaitley

Kejriwal had moved the plea in a defamation suit filed by the union minister against him

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arun Jaitley
Arun Jaitley | Photo: Dalip Kumar

Union Minister today accused leader and Chief Minister in the High Court of adopting delaying tactics in a by seeking to summon the minutes of meetings of the body DDCA between 1999 and 2014.

Opposing Jaitley's contention, Kejriwal's counsel submitted that if there were no irregularities, why was the leader opposing the summoning of the documents of the and District Association (DDCA).

Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta, after hearing the arguments of the counsel for and Kejriwal, listed the matter for October 31 for seeking clarifications and pronouncing the order on the leader's application.

had moved the plea in a defamation suit filed by the union minister against him and five other leaders seeking Rs 10 crore as damages for allegedly levelling "defamatory" charges of irregularities in DDCA during Jaitley's tenure as its President.

During the hearing, advocate Manik Dogra, appearing for Jaitley, argued that by filing such an application, was adopting delaying tactics and trying to delay the proceedings.

He also said that for summoning documents, there should be some evidence of alleged irregularities and the papers cannot be summoned merely on the basis of accusations.

Senior advocate Anoop George Chaudhary, who appeared for Kejriwal, said if there are no irregularities, why was opposing the summoning of the minutes of these meetings.

Kejriwal, in his application filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava, has said he wished to cross-examine in the suit.

The hearing of this case had earlier witnessed high drama when the leader's former counsel and senior advocate Ram Jethmalani had used some "objectionable and scandalous" words against the senior leader.

64-year-old Jaitley, in his reply to the plea, had said that Kejriwal's application deserved to be dismissed as he has been trying to delay the proceedings by filing "frivolous" pleas, including the current one.

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

The chief minister has sought to summon of the minutes of the meetings held by the General Body, the Executive Committee or the Board of Directors of the DDCA between 1999 and 2014. was the DDCA President from 2000 to 2013.

had 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, had led to filing a separate Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit against the Chief Minister.

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

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

had denied all the allegations by the leaders in December 2015 and also filed a civil defamation 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: Mon, September 25 2017. 21:45 IST