As the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is set to apologize to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, it is necessary to revisit the case. Kejriwal’s latest apology came weeks after he had apologized to other politicians Bikram Sing Majithia, Nitin Gadkari and Kapil Sibal.
Although, Kejriwal was facing a lot of defamation cases, yet this case filed by Jaitley got a lot of media attention for several reasons. In 2015, December, CBI had raided Kejriwal’s house. This raid did not go well with Kejriwal. He shot back by leveling allegations against Jaitely. He had alleged that the raid was conducted at the behest of Jaitley to look for a file related to Delhi District Cricket Association where Jaitley was once chairman. AAP national convener had claimed that he had ‘irrefutable’ evidence of Jaitley’s involvement in DDCA corruption case which was then probed by Delhi police.
Apart from Kejriwal, other APP leaders also had accused Jaitley of being indulged in financial irregularities between 2000 and 2013. During this period he had served as DDCA head. Refuting the allegations made by Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, he had filed civil and criminal defamations suits worth 10 crore against Kejriwal and five other APP leaders –Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh.
The AAP leaders hired veteran lawyer and former union minister Ram Jethmalani as their counsel to fight the case. Later, he left the case because of conflict between him and Kejriwal.
Now, Kejriwal and AAP leaders apologized to Jaitley and said that the allegations they made is ‘unfounded’ and ‘unwarranted’.
“These allegations were made by me were based on information and papers furnished to me by certain individuals who represented to have first-hand insight into the affairs of DDCA. However, I have recently discovered that the information and imputations contained therein are unfounded and unwarranted and I was clearly misinformed into making these allegations,” reads the apology letter of Kejriwal.