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Jaitley files 2nd defamation suit: Rs 10,000 Delhi HC fine on Kejriwal

Joint Registrar directed the CM to deposit the fine while granting 2 more weeks to file his response

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Arvind Kejriwal
Arvind Kejriwal

The High on Wednesday imposed a cost of Rs 10,000 on Kejriwal after he failed to file his response on a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Union minister over the use of an objectionable word allegedly by the CM's lawyer.

Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta directed the chief minister to deposit the fine amount while granting him two more weeks to file his response.

The high had on May 23 sought response of Kejriwal on why defamation proceedings should not be initiated against him.

However, Kejriwal's counsel Rishikesh Kumar submitted in the that they need more time to file their response which was opposed by advocate Manik Dogra, counsel for the Union Minister.

Jaitley, who holds twin portfolios of and Defence, had filed the second defamation suit after Kejriwal's lawyer allegedly "abused" him in open court during proceedings of another defamation suit he had filed against the (AAP) chief and five other party functionaries.

During the cross-examination of the Union minister on May 17 before the Joint Registrar in the High Court, Jethmalani had allegedly used a term Jaitley had found objectionable.

A day after, another high court judge, who was hearing a connected matter, had termed as "scandalous" the remarks allegedly made by Jethmalani against Jaitley before the Joint Registrar.

First Published: Thu, July 27 2017. 09:24 IST