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Rs 5,000 Fine Imposed On Arvind Kejriwal In Defamation Suit:- A fine of Rs 5,000 has been imposed on Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal, by the Delhi High court.
It is alleged that Kejriwal has delayed in responding in a Rs 10 crore civil suit filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the use of objectionable words. The Delhi CM was directed by Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta, to deposit the fine with the Army Welfare Fund. The matter has been postponed for hearing on October 12.
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The objectionable words were used by Kejriwal’s former counsel Ram Jethmalani against Jaitley, during a May hearing in another defamation suit by the Minister against Kejriwal and five others. The court, taking in view that the written submissions have now been filed by Kejriwal, asked Jaitley to file his response within two weeks.
A Rs 10,000 fine was imposed on Kejriwal by the High Court, on July 28, after he failed to file response on the second defamation suit. On May 23, the court had sought Kejriwal’s response on why defamation proceedings should not be initiated against him. The second civil defamation suit was filed by Jaitley, claiming the objectionable word had caused him “permanent harm and disrepute”.
This is a separate case from the ongoing Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party leaders that Jaitley filed in 2015. Baseless allegations were made by Kejriwal and the others publicly against him, said Jaitley. They had accused him of corruption during his 13-year-stint as DDCA chief.
Jaitley and Jethmalani clashed in court with the Union Minister, on May 17, taking strong objection to the word Jethmalani used during the Minister’s cross-examination in the earlier defamation case. Later, Jethmalani submitted that Kejriwal had instructed him to use the word against Jaitley.