New Delhi, Dec 22 (IANS) The Delhi High Court on Tuesday issued a notice to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in a defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Joint Registrar K. Venugopal sought replies from Kejriwal, Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chadha, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai by February 5. Chadha, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Bajpai were present in the court. Jaitley has sought Rs.10 crore in damages following the Aam Aadmi Party leaders’ statements on alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
The court also asked Kejriwal and other leaders to file original documents relating to the allegations. Jaitley has also filed a criminal defamation complaint in a Patiala House court, saying the statements of these leaders would cause “irreversible damage” to his reputation. Jaitley headed the DDCA for 13 years till 2013. Kejriwal has demanded that Jaitley must resign or be removed as the union minister to enable a free and fair probe into the DDCA issue.