Feeling sad that defamation case was not filed against me: Kirti Azad to NDTV on alleged corruption in Delhi's cricket body
Reacting on Twitter, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said, "Arun Jaitley should not try to intimidate us with a case. Our fight against corruption will continue."
कोर्ट में केस करके जेटली जी हमें डराने की कोशिश ना करें। भ्रष्टाचार के ख़िलाफ़ हमारी जंग जारी रहेगी।- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 21, 2015
Jaitley ji shud cooperate wid the Commission of Enquiry n prove his innocence there- Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) December 21, 2015
"(Kirti) Azad has not named any particular person, AAP has," said Union Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.
"The charges are baseless. We will fight this in the Courts and discuss it in Parliament also," Union Miniter Nirmala Sitharaman.
"We are here to support Jaitley, who has had a clean life and has helped the poor," Union Minister JP Nadda.
"It is unfortunate for the country that the people who should be doing government work are coming to register a case. Arun Jaitley did not need to take money from DDCA as he was getting money from the back door. Jaitley still hasn't replied to my five charges. We are people who are here to eradicate corruption, don't try to intimidate us," said Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh.
"Today many cabinet ministers left government work to go to court to defend corrupt Arun Jaitley. He can fight by any means. We won't stop exposing the corruption that has been going on for 15 years. They cannot scare us. Kirti Azad has been raising his voice against Jaitley for 8 years, but that voice has always been suppressed. We are setting up commission of inquiry under Gopal Subramanium," said Aam Aadmi Party leader Sanjay Singh.
In a packed courtroom, the minister said he "didn't take a single penny' from the DDCA or Delhi and District Cricket Association. His lawyer argued that AAP had caused irreparable damage to his reputation with false allegations.
"AAP has engaged in taking names and defaming. The AAP wants to pull them down. We have contended you can inquire but you cannot defame," says union minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who was in the court with Arun Jaitley.
"Arun Jaitley has engaged in the highest levels of probity in his politics. Even in accusations, he has never taken names of people," he said.
Flanked by top BJP leaders and a scores of party supporters Arun Jaitley left the court.
While Arun Jaitley did not speak today, his lawyer Siddharth Luthra gave a timeline of accusations and charges levelled against him. He also contended that all APP leaders knew the repercussions of their statements, reports NDTV's Tanima Biswas.
More than a hundred BJP supporters entered court premises making pro-Jaitley slogans.
Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu, Smriti Irani leave Delhi's Patiala House Courts after the hearing. Don't speak to reporters.
The hearing in court is over. The next date of hearing in the case has been set as January 5.
"They all had knowledge that the intent was to defame a man. This is a counter-blast, as a reaction to a CBI probe," said Mr Jaitley's lawyer Siddharth Luthra in court against AAP leaders. Also refers to posts on AAP leaders Twitter and Facebook.
A huge crowd of BJP supporters raise anti-Kejriwal slogans outside Delhi's Patiala House Courts.
"The truth will come out. Asked for SIT-monitored probe so that Opposition doesn't feel that government is influencing the probe. The DDCA issue is my issue, it is the issue of players. If anybody should be sued, it should be me," said BJP lawmaker Kriti Azad who has frequently taken on Mr Arun Jaitley over the corruption charges.
The minister's lawyer, Siddharth Luthra, gave the court details of tweets and comments made by AAP leaders against Mt Jaitley and has contended that they were all intended to damage his reputation and that of his relatives.
Arun Jaitley has filed a civil and criminal defamation cases against Arvind Kejriwal and AAP leaders. Civil is essentially to seek monetary damages pegged at Rs 10 crores. But since civil cases take a long time in court, Mr Jaitley's counsel decided to file a criminal case as well.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's lawyers have begun arguing against the Aam Aadmi Paty. "AAP knew repercussions of their comments," Siddharth Luthra said.
A huge collection of BJP leaders and ministers including Smriti Irnai, Venkaiah Naidu, Dharmendra Pradahan, Meenakshi Lekhi, Vijender Gupta, Nalin Kohli, Mahesh Giri, JP Nadda, Pravesh Verma, Vijay Goel are inside the court.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will record his statement in the case.
Education minister Smriti Irani and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu have accompanied Mr Jaitley to the court. A huge crowd of supporters have also gathered at the court.
Mr Jaitley has demanded Rs 10 crores in damages in the row the erupted after a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raid at the Delhi Secretariat. Arvind Kejriwal had alleged that the raid was done to protect Mr Jaitley and cover up his role in a scam at the DDCA.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has arrived at Delhi's Patiala House Courts after filing a defamation case against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party for accusing him of corruption in Delhi's cricket body DDCA, which he headed for 13 years till 2013.