New Delhi: Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) national convener Arvind Kejriwal on Monday apologized to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley to end a defamation case filed against him and five other AAP leaders.
In December 2015, Jaitley filed a Rs10 crore defamation suit against the six AAP leaders after they alleged that there were financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) during Jaitley’s tenure as president of the association.
On Monday, AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai also apologized. Party leader Kumar Vishwas, who was also accused in the case, has not apologized so far.
According to PTI, a joint plea by counsels for Jaitley and Kejriwal was moved before a Delhi court on Monday seeking to settle the criminal defamation case. The application will be taken up on Tuesday.
In his letter to Jaitley, Kejriwal said the allegations were “unfounded". “I have recently discovered that the information and the imputations contained therein are unfounded and unwarranted and I was clearly misinformed into making these allegations," Kejriwal said in his apology letter.
In his letter, Kejriwal also apologized with regards to a separate civil defamation case filed by Jaitley against him. He added, “Though we belong to two different political parties, I believe that we should end the unsavoury litigations between us and serve the people of our country to the best of our abilities."
Kejriwal has so far sent apology letters to Union minister Nitin Gadkari, Congress leader Kapil Sibal and Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia in a bid to end the litigation burden on his party.