Jaitley accepts Kumar Vishwas’ apology, withdraws defamation case
New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has withdrawn the defamation case filed by him against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas after the latter tendered a written apology to him.
Bar and Bench reported that Vishwas apologised to Jaitley by writing a ‘poetic letter’ to him.
Kumar Vishwas sought withdrawal of civil defamation case in his apology letter. Jaitley’s lawyer told mediapersons that he has accepted the apology.
Vishwas was the only leader against whom the defamation suit was continuing as the Delhi High Court had disposed of the case against the other accused AAP leaders, including Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after they apologised to Jaitley in April.
Delhi HC disposes of Rs 10-cr defamation suit
Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw noted that Vishwas, in a letter submitted in the court on Monday, has without any reservation, unequivocally withdrawn all the allegations levelled against the BJP leader.
The court disposed of the suit in which Vishwas was the only one against whom the defamation suit remained after Kejriwal and four other AAP leaders — Raghav Chadha, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Deepak Bajpai — had tendered unequivocal apology to Jaitley in the Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against them by the Union minister.
Vishwas, through his advocate Amit Yadav, tendered sincere apology to Jaitley and his family members for causing any harm to them.
Jaitley lodged defamation suit against 5 AAP leaders
The dissident AAP leader had told the Delhi High Court on May 4 that his statements against Jaitley were based on information received as a party worker from party supremo Arvind Kejriwal.
The court said, “apology has been accepted by the plaintiff and this court and decree is passed in favour of Arun Jaitley and against Kumar Vishwas in terms of letter handed over today…”
Jaitley had lodged the Rs 10 crore defamation suit in December 2015 against Kejriwal and the five AAP leaders after they had alleged financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association when the Union Minister was its president.