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Kejriwal withdraws appeal in HC against summons in defamation case

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

today withdrew from the High Court his pleas challenging trial court orders in a criminal defamation case filed against him by Jaitley in connection with the and (DDCA) row.

The lawyers for Kejriwal told the high court that since he has been acquitted in the case after he had apologised for his statements against Jaitley in connection with alleged irregularities in DDCA, the convenor's appeals against the trial court orders have become infructuous.

Taking note of the submission, Justice A K Pathak dismissed as withdrawn the two pleas seeking quashing of the summons issued to Kejriwal in the criminal defamation case and expunging of remarks made against him by the trial court.

The trial court had on April 3 acquitted Kejriwal and four other (AAP) leaders -- Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and - after a joint application was filed by them and Jaitley to settle the matter.

The application was filed on April 2 after the leaders apologised to Jaitley for their statements against him and his family in connection with alleged irregularities in the DDCA.

Jaitley had accused Kejriwal and other leaders -- Kumar Viswas, Singh, Chadha, Ashutosh and Bajpai -- of making a series of "false, scandalous and defamatory" allegations against him, claiming it adversely affected his reputation.

Vishwas has not yet tendered an apology and hence, the proceedings against him shall continue.

The AAP leaders had alleged financial irregularities in the DDCA when Jaitley was its from 2000 to 2013, prompting the to lodge a defamation case against them while denying all the allegations.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Fri, April 27 2018. 18:15 IST
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