Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s battle with Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley seems to to be tilting in favour of the senior BJP leader. The Delhi CM has now suffered a setback when the Delhi High Court dismissed his plea to stay a trial court proceedings in a criminal defamation case against him and other AAP leaders filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying, “it is devoid of merit”.
“The request of the petitioner to adjourn the court proceedings before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (CMM) is rejected, being devoid of merit and the same is culminated into dismissal of the present petition,” Justice P S Teji said.
“Nothing have been brought before this court to the effect that continuation of criminal proceedings is abuse of the process of law before the CMM and any order is required by this court to secure the ends of justice.
“Thus, this court is of the view that the order of the CMM, dated May 19, 2016 continuing with the proceedings is free from perversity, impropriety, illegality and non- sustainability which compelled this court to exercise the inherent jurisdiction under Section 482 Cr PC,” the court said.
It may be recalled that last year , Kejriwal had accused Jaitley of benefiting from corruption in Delhi’s cricket body DDCA, which he headed for 13 years till 2013.
In return , Jaitley accused AAP of running a “false, malicious and defamatory campaign” against him and his family for “political mileage causing irreversible damage to him.” Besides filing a criminal complaint, he filed a civil suit asking for Rs. 10 crore in damages.
The other AAP leaders named in the case are Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Bajpai.
Kejriwal, who has never been on the best of terms with the Centre and has lately accused the ruling BJP of going after his lawmakers, claimed that Jaitley’s suit is political vendetta and a means of harassment.