The ongoing defamation war between the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Union Minister Arun Jaitley has taken a rather ugly turn with Kejriwal describing him as “a man without public character”.
In reply to Jaitley’s defamation suit filed against him, Kejriwal told the court that the plaintiff’s claim that he enjoys, and in fact, possesses high public character is totally frivolous and unsustainable. No injury of any kind has been caused to the plaintiff’s reputation which he claims. "This is not a suit for injury to private character, but to his public character, if at all," said the Delhi CM.
Jaitley also replied saying that "we all know Kejriwal’s character, keeping in mind how he lost in the general elections and that is how popular he is with the people".
“Arun Jaitley’s suit against Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders were listed in the court today. The court has adjourned the matter to 15th of March for admission of documents. In the meantime, two applications have been filed by the AAP leaders. One is filed by Ashutosh—Jaitley has tried to file a new case under this application, that is not permitted under the law—where he has requested that those paragraphs be struck out. The other application has been filed by Deepak Bajpai asking for the Jaitley suit to be dismissed,” said H.S. Phoolka, Sr. Lawyer.
It is indeed noteworthy that even after the filing of a defamation suit, this political mudslinging has not stopped.