Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday recorded his statement before the Patiala House Court and alleged that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders have made false claims against him and his family members in connection with the DDCA scam.
During the recording of his statement, Mr. Jaitley told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal that Mr. Kejriwal and these five persons had given “false” and “defamatory” statements against him and his family members.
“Kejriwal has falsely stated that money was siphoned off and I was the beneficiary,” said Mr. Jaitley.
He also added, “Feroz Shah Kotla stadium built during my tenure; DDCA Board had authorised a committee to supervise construction.”
Mr. Jaitley, who appeared before the court amidst tight security, also said that statements have been made to deflect attention from CBI probe against a particular person who is working with Mr. Kejriwal, court sources said.
The security personnel did not allow any mediaperson to enter the courtroom and only the advocates have been allowed to attend the closed-door proceedings.
Mr. Jaitley had on December 21 filed criminal defamation case against Mr. Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders — Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai — for allegedly defaming him and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail.
The complaint was filed under various Sections of the IPC, including 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment), 501 and 502 (printing and sale of defamatory matter).
In his complaint, Mr. Jaitley had said that Mr. Kejriwal and other AAP leaders, with common intention, have from December 15 undertaken “a false, malicious and defamatory campaign against him and his family members for political mileage causing irreversible damage to him.”
The complaint referred to some of the allegations made by AAP leaders in press conferences, including one that claimed that the CBI raided the office of Delhi government official looking for Mr. Jaitley’s “tax scam files” and that there was corruption worth several hundred crores under Mr. Jaitley’s tenure and that he had shielded DDCA for over 15 years.
Mr. Jaitley had said such statements have been made orally and through Twitter handle of the AAP leaders, which have been carried by electronic and print media from December 15 to December 20.