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What defamation? Arvind Kejriwal thinks Arun Jaitley has no public reputation to defame

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 14 February 2017, 5:14 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal thinks that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has "no reputation to protect". This is part of Kejriwal's 2000-page long reply to the Delhi High Court in connection with the defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

Here are 5 things Kejriwal said in his scathing response to Jaitley's defamation suit:

1. The plaintiff's claim that he enjoys and in fact possesses high public character is a totally frivolous and an unsustainable claim.

2. This is not a suit for injury to his private character, but to his public character, if at all.

3. This defendant denies that he has any reputation of this kind to protect.

4. In a democracy this reputation can only be what can be proved to be the known reaction, response and manifestation of the people's attitude to the plaintiff.

5. The last time he contested election to the Lok Sabha was from Amritsar in 2014. Despite the success of the BJP this plaintiff lost by a margin of 1 lakh votes. Indian democracy has never accepted his claim of public character.

Jaitley has filed the defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee.

He had accused them of unfairly targeting him in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) scam, seeking damages of Rs 10 crore. Jaitley was the DDCA President for about 13 years till 2013.

The DDCA has also filed separate defamation suits in Delhi High Court against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad for making defamatory comments against the cricket body for misusing funds.

First published: 12 January 2016, 17:38 IST