Hearing in Jaitley's fresh defamation case against Kejriwal to begin today

| Updated: May 23, 2017 06:45 IST

New Delhi [India], May 23 (ANI): The Delhi High Court will on Tuesday begin hearing in the fresh defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, after the latter's counsel Ram Jethmalani confirmed that Jaitley was called a 'crook' after being instructed by his client to do so. Jaitley yesterday sued Kejriwal under an additional defamation suit worth Rs. 10 crore. The fresh suit was filed in the Delhi High Court after Jethmalani accused Jaitley of being 'guilty of crimes and crookery'. Earlier on Thursday, amidst an ongoing tense round of cross-questioning between Jailtey and Jethmalani, the former was perturbed after being referred to as a 'crook' by the 93-year-old veteran lawyer, in his defamation case against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convener, resulting in a verbal spat between the two parties. Baffled by the 'abuse' hurled at him, Jaitley further demanded a clarification from the senior counsel whether this was the result of a personal tiff, to which Jethmalani clarified that the term was used under the instructions of Kejriwal. Developing on this premise, senior advocates Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi, who were representing Jaitley, alleged that the matter was transcribed as a duel between Jaitley and Jethmalani, rather than Jaitley and Kejriwal. Jaitley had filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly defaming him in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case was filed in the Delhi High Court. Jaitley had also filed the suit seeking Rs. 10 crore in damages after Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders accused him of alleged irregularities and financial bungling in the DDCA, of which Jaitley was the president for about 13 years until 2013. (ANI)