New Delhi: Aam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal continued with his apology spree and expressed regrets over comments made against Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Monday.
Jaitley had in 2015 filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai over their comments over the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy, seeking their prosecution for offenses that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail. A civil defamation suit has also been filed by Jaitley before the Delhi High Court in relation to the matter seeking Rs 10 crore in damages.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh and Raghav Chadha in a joint letter on Monday apologized to Union finance minister Arun Jaitley in the defamation case he had filed against them. Jaitley accepted their apology.
Earlier, Kejriwal apologized to Union Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari expressing regret over certain statements he made against the BJP leader, who had filed a defamation suit against him. Kejriwal and Gadkari had also submitted a joint application before the court seeking withdrawal of the defamation case filed against the AAP leader.
Gadkari had moved the court against Kejriwal for allegedly defaming him by including his name in the Aam Aadmi Party’s list of “India’s most corrupt”. Kejriwal had earlier tendered an apology to Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia for having leveled unfounded allegations related to involvement in drugs trade against him, following which the latter, too decided to withdraw the court case against him.
Kejriwal has drawn flak from within the party and outside for his step but AAP leaders say it is a strategy by the legal team to shed court cases, in which the party convenor is mired.
Kejriwal’s apology sphere doesn’t stop here, he will likely issue an apology to former Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and BJP MP Ramesh Bidhuri.