The Delhi High Court today imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he failed to respond to the second defamation case filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. It may be recalled that Jaitley had earlier filed an Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and had followed it with another defamation suit of the same amount. The second defamation suit was filed in connection with the word ‘crook’ that was used by Kejriwal’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani. The Rs 10,000 fine has been imposed on Kejriwal by Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta. Kejriwal has now been given two more weeks to respond to the second defamation suit filed by Jaitley.
In the second defamation suit filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal, it has been stated that certain words used by Kejriwal have caused permanent and irreparable damage to Jaitley’s reputation. An excerpt from the second defamation suit reads, “Kejriwal has brazenly and with a malafide intent to cause further prejudice, damage and loss to the name, reputation and credibility of Jaitley has deliberately used the terminology…” In the first defamation suit, Jaitley had stated that Kejriwal had wrongly accused him of Rs 10 crore scam in District Cricket Association (DDCA). In the first defamation suit, five more Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, have been named.