New Delhi,Dec 22: The Delhi High Court on Tuesday, Dec 22 issued notices to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five others while hearing a defamation suit filed by Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley.
Jaitley had filed a separate civil defamation suit in the Delhi High Court seeking damages of Rs 10 crore. He had also filed a criminal defamation case in a city court in Delhi.
Today when the matter came up for hearing before the Delhi High Court, the judge ordered issuance of notices to Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of the Aam Admi Party. They will now have to file their responses to the notice before the Delhi High Court.
In the suit, Jaitley has alleged that the six persons had defamed him by making allegations. The AAP leaders had made allegations of corruption against Jaitley in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association case (DDCA).
In his suit, Jaitley handed out clippings of press statements and also facebook and twitter posts in which the AAP leaders had hurled allegations against him.
Jaitley decided to file two separate suits. While in the lower court he has filed a criminal defamation suit in the High Court he has filed a civil suit.
In the civil suit he has sought damages of Rs 10 crore while in the criminal suit he has sought the prosecution of the AAP leaders. If held guilty in the criminal suit, the AAP leaders could face imprisonment up to 2 years.