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Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday withdrew the defamation case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Kumar Vishwas after he apologized to Jaitley and requested the withdrawal of the case. Jaitley’s lawyer told ANI on Monday that he had accepted the apology.
Vishwas had earlier told the Delhi high court that his statements against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley were based on information that he received from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, for accusing him of engaging in financial malpractices when Arun Jaitley was a minister in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
Jaitley sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders as he claimed that the allegations were “false and defamatory” and harmed his reputation.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders apologised to Arun Jaitley in Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed against them but only Kumar Vishwas's case was pending as he claimed that he would do no such thing.
“He (Vishwas) will not apologise and pursue the cases that have been filed against him,” his aide Prabudh Kumar had said.
Earlier, the Kejriwal has also apologized to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal for making unverified allegations of corruption against them, due to which they withdrew their defamation cases against him.