Reacting to the defamation suit filed against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Monday that the Union Minister is trying to intimidate him and his party, but his fight against corruption will continue.
“Jaitley cannot intimidate us with court case. We will continue our fight against corruption,” Kejriwal tweeted.
“Jaitleyji should cooperate with the Commission of Enquiry and prove his innocence there,” he said. The chief minister announced the Commission of Enquiry on Sunday.
Launching a scathing attack against Jaitley, AAP spokesperson Sanjay Singh said, “Jaitley is free to do what he wants. I will say again and again that Arun jaitley is corrupt. He is a ‘maha bhrashtachari’ and we will fight against him.”
Rubbishing the charges against him, the Finance Minister called the charges against him baseless and wrong. “SFIO (Serious Fraud Investigation Office) has accepted the expenditure by DDCA on building new stadium and found nothing wrong,” he said.
Jaitley has filed Rs 10 crore civil defamation case in the Delhi High Court against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and 5 other AAP leaders for false statements against him and his family members. He also field a criminal defamation suit against the AAP leaders in the Patiala House Court. Apart from Kejriwal, other AAP leaders who have been named in the suit are Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee.
Speaking in Parliament, Jaitley said the allegations against him in connection with DDCA scam are baseless and devoid of truth. In a packed courtroom, the minister’s lawyer said he “didn’t take a single penny’ from the DDCA or Delhi and District Cricket Association. AAP had caused irreparable damage to his reputation with false allegations, the lawyer said, citing Facebook posts, tweets and reports.
“All these allegations are baseless and devoid of truth. For a total sum Rs 114 crore, we made a stadium with a capacity of taking 42,000 people. Contrary to that, the Congress built the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium spending Rs. 900 crores. No one raised doubts on that expenditure,” Jaitley said in the Lok Sabha.