Kejriwal fined Rs 5000 In Jaitley Defamation Case


New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has imposed a fine of Rs.5000 on Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for delay in filing the reply in the civil defamation case lodged by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against him.

Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta directed Kejriwal, to deposit Rs. 5,000 in the ’Army Welfare Fund Battle Casualties’.
Minister Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and five others. He had claimed that they made ‘false and defamatory’ statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.

Jaitley had filed the second defamation suit after Kejriwal’s lawyer Jethmalani allegedly abused him in an open court during proceedings in another defamation suit he had filed against the AAP chief and five party functionaries.

The court has now fixed the matter for October 12. Meanwhile, Kejriwal, in his reply to the defamation suit, filed through advocate Anupam Srivastava submitted that the union minister’s suit "is liable to be dismissed as no civil action for damages for slander lies for any statement in pleadings or during the conduct of a suit against a party or a witness in it."


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