Kejriwal Defamation Case: Jaitley Cross Examined by Ram Jethmalani
09 March, 2017, 00:16 | Author: Warren Cooper
However, the court as well as Jaitley's counsel raised objection on Jethmalani's question and said that a witness can not be confronted with a dictionary.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday told the Delhi High Court that the defamatory statements made by Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal were to deflect from the raid conducted in the office of Kejriwal's aide in December previous year.
Jaitley denied of all charges and filed a criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case was filed in the Delhi High Court. Jethmalani asked Jaitley whether he was aware that the Delhi government was appointing a commission to inquire into the controversy.
Jethmalani reportedly pointed out that Kejriwal was only repeating what journalist Madhu Kishwar had already alleged. To this, Jaitley said that several people make irresponsible remarks, "but when a chief minister endorses them, it becomes a grave and serious offence".
He further said: "Alleging that my wife and daughter are linked to fake companies was not only false but taking the public discourse to a very low level".
Mr. Jaitley in his Budget speech had also announced that the cap on cash donations to political parties would be reduced to ₹2,000 from the earlier ₹20,000. Many are going to question in long run in India given the level of cynicism in public opinion as to why people should be taxed extra in order to fund political elections.
This after they accused Arun Jaitley of financial irregularities and financial bungling during his tenure as President of the Delhi and Districts Association (DDCA).
The union minister also answered in the negative a query as to whether he and his government had befriended Sanghi and asked him to go back on his report. I do remember that he once contested the DDCA president post and lost it.
Jaitley further advised that having Lok Sabha and state assembly elections simultaneously would lead to less spending by political parties.
NDTV mentions that the 93-year-old sneered while asking: "So this was the first time you were putting your great reputation at test in a democracy?" However, 11 questions of the noted senior lawyer were disallowed by Joint Registrar Amit Kumar on the ground that some were matter of record and irrelevant to the case and others were questions of law and not fact and some could be argued during the hearing before the regular court.
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