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Kejriwal plea in HC to summon DDCA minutes from 1999-2014

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Kejriwal today appealed in the High against its joint registrar's decision to dismiss his plea to summon the minutes of meetings of cricket body DDCA between 1999 and 2014 in connection with a defamation suit filed by Jaitley.

Jaitley was the of the and District Cricket Association (DDCA) from 2000 to 2013.

The appeal came up for hearing before Justice Manmohan who adjourned it to January 17 as Jaitley's was not available.

Kejriwal has challenged the October 31, 2017 decision of a of the high who, while dismissing his plea, had said that the cannot be allowed to use the judiciary for a "roving and fishing enquiry".

Anupam Srivastava, who filed the plea on behalf of Kejriwal, told the the DDCA's minutes of meetings were sought to be summoned, as during Jaitley's cross- examination he had refused to admit photocopies of these documents since they were not originals but copies.

In his October 31, 2017 decision, the had said it was not Kejriwal's defence that he made the alleged defamatory statements based on the records he wanted to summon and hence cannot be allowed to lead evidence beyond what he had pleaded in his application.

The had held that Kejriwal "has failed to justify the grounds for summoning of the subject record".

The instant appeal has been moved by the in the Rs 10 crore defamation case filed by Jaitley against him and five other (AAP) leaders -- Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, and Deepak Bajpai, for accusing the of corruption when he was the of the DDCA.

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

The AAP convenor is facing another Rs 10 crore defamation suit by Jaitley after his former lawyer, senior Ram Jethmalani, used "scandalous words" while cross-examining the

Kejriwal, however, had told the that he had not instructed Jethmalani to use such words against the minister, even though the senior advocate, who announced his retirement from the profession, had said the had asked him to use abusive language.

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First Published: Fri, January 12 2018. 18:35 IST