Kejriwal's reply sought on Jaitley's fresh application
NEW DELHI: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's response on a plea seeking action against him for allegedly filing a false affidavit that he had not instructed his counsel to use derogatory words against Union minister Arun Jaitley.
Justice Manmohan issued notice to Kejriwal and sought his response within four weeks. He listed the matter for December 11.
Jaitley has filed a Rs 10 crore defamation suit against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders.
He said in a fresh application that Kejriwal had filed a reply denying that he had instructed his senior lawyer to make derogatory comments. However, this was opposed by his former counsel Ram Jethmalani two days later.
Senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi, appearing for the Union finance minister, urged the court to allow them to file a criminal complaint against Kejriwal for making a false statement and filing a false affidavit.
During the cross examination on May 17, Kejriwal's then counsel Jethmalani had used offensive words against Jaitley.
Jethmalani had categorically stated in court that he had received a specific instruction from Kejriwal to use a derogatory word against the Union minister.
The application filed through advocate Manik Dogra stated that Jethmalani, in an interview to the media on July 26, reiterated his earlier statement that he had instructions from Kejriwal to use the words.