New Delhi, March 26: A conflict that began soon after Arun Jaitley took over the Finance portfolio in the cabinet in 2015 has still not been put to rest. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and 5 others- Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Deepak Vajpai and Raghav Chaddha are currently on the trial over ‘Jaitley defamation case’. The court hearing was held on Saturday and it was adjourned as advocates landed themselves into a heated argument.
During the proceeding, the accused said that they were facing serious threat and soon after a verbal fight broke out in the presence of all the 5 accused including Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass was hearing the case and called security guards to clear off the courtroom with the people who were connected with the case.
The court then framed a notice against the accused under the IPC Section 500 (punishment of defamation). Soon, the Defence lawyer raised his hand asking Arun Jaitley to be present when the notice was framed. At the moment, the accused do not plead guilty and have decided to go on trial which will be commenced on May 20.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley first filed the criminal defamation case against the AAP leaders on December 21, 2015, accusing them of corruption, false and defamatory statements. However, Minister Jaitley has sought 10crore in damages and 2 years in jail.
It all began when Kejriwal pleaded the Delhi High Court asking the details of bank accounts, tax returns and other financial records when Arun Jaitley was the President of DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) until 2013. Interestingly, the Delhi High Court dismissed Kejriwal’s plea and Jaitley placed a defamation case against the Delhi CM. Since then the rift has been continuing.