Jethmalani, Jaitley spar continues

Jethmalani, Jaitley spar continues

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday  explained to the Delhi High Court registrar that he decided to sue Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for Rs 10 crore – and not the others who accused him of financial irregularities in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).

On the second day of his cross-examination by  Ram Jethmalani on behalf of Kejriwal, Jaitley said many people made irresponsible statements on social media. “But when a chief minister endorses them, it becomes a grave and serious offence,”  he said.

He further said: “Alleging that my wife  and daughter are linked to fake companies was not only false but taking the public discourse to a very low level. Even allegations seem credible. Repetition of a libelous statement gives me a cause of action against the person. Particularly if he has stature to take action against me.” 

When asked why he did not sue Madhu Kishwar, Jaitley said he never thought of suing her and that many people on social media make irresponsible statements about people in public life but when a chief minister endorses them, it becomes a grave  matter.

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