Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has accepted an apology from Arvind Kejriwal, whom he had sued for defamation for calling him corrupt.
Mr Kejriwal, the Chief Minister of Delhi, has been on an apology spree to extricate himself from a web of defamation suits. Mr Jaitley has filed two cases against Mr Kejriwal and sought compensation of Rs. 20 crore.
Sources said following the apology, the finance minister has agreed to withdrawn the defamation case.
Mr Jaitley had in his defamation suit filed in 2015 named, besides the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief, named Sanjay Singh, Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Deepak Bajpai and Raghav Chadha.
Mr Jaitley had asked for Rs. 10 crore as damages after the AAP leaders accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as the boss of Delhi’s cricket association DDCA.
He filed a second case last year after Mr Kejriwal’s lawyer Ram Jethmalani used a slur while cross-examining him and said the term had been authorized by his client.
COMMENTSLast month, Mr Kejriwal offered three such apologies to end his legal mess; the chief minister is named in more than 30 defamation suits.
He started with Punjab ex-minister Bikram Majithia, then apologized to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal.