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In A Bid To Clear Rs 10 Crore Defamation Suit, Arvind Kejriwal Apologises To Arun Jaitley

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| April 2 , 2018 , 14:17 IST

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) head and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Monday issued a formal apology to Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who had slapped a Rs 10 crore defamation case against him for making false and defamatory statements against him and his family members.

The apology was seconded by AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Raghav Chadha, the co-named in the defamation case. However, 2 other AAP leaders accused in the case Kumar Vishwas and Deepak Bajpai have yet to submit any apology.

In the apology letter, Kejriwal writes, "I had made certain statements about you in December 2015 and thereafter in connection with your tenure as the President of the Delhi and District Cricket Association. These allegations also form part of the subject matter of proceedings currently pending adjudication before the Hon'ble Delhi High Court and Ld CMM Patiala House Court, New Delhi."

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He says, "These allegations were made by me were based on informaiton and papers furnished to me by certain individuals who represented to have first-hand insight into the affairs of DDCA."

Terming the information he received as false, Kejriwal wrote, "I unequivocally withdraw made by me in question whether made in print, electronic or social media against you."

According to sources, Arun Jaitley has received the apology but has not yet withdrawn the defamation suit, and therefore a joint application is being filed for decree based on the apologies made by Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.

The apology to Jaitley, marks the 4th apology that Kejriwal has issued in order to reduce the nearly 20 defamation cases amongst him. So far, Kejriwal has apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia, Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari and Amit Sibal, son of former union minister Kapil Sibal.

View the full letter below: