The Hush Post: In the list of Arvind Kejriwal’s apologies, now comes one for Bikram Majithia. The Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal today withdrew all his statements made against Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia alleging his involvement in drug trade. Apologising to Majithia, Kejriwal said that he has now learnt “allegations are unfounded”.
The Delhi Chief Minister wrote a letter to Majithia and addressed the same to the Amritsar court, where the defamation case had been filed. In the letter, Kejriwal said “In the recent past I made certain statements and allegations against you regarding your alleged involvement in drug trade. These statements became a political issue. Now I have learnt that allegations are unfounded. Hence there should be no politics on such issues. Because of my allegations made against you at various political rallies, public meetings, TV programs, print, electronic and social media, you filed a defamation case against us in the Hon’ble court at Amritsar. I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologise for the same. The damage caused to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friends, well-wishers, followers and the loss caused to you is regretted.”
Majithia had filed the defamation case on May 20, 2016 against Kejriwal and other AAP members. The other members were AAP’s Punjab affairs head Sanjay Singh, and the think tank, Ashish Khetan. The charge was that they had falsely accused him of being involved in drug trade and had tarnished his image.
Responding to the letter, Majithia said to the media, “It was a torturous journey. But I have taken all allegations against me head on.” Saying that it was probably the first time in history that a sitting CM had to give an apology for such cases, he said this instance was a turning point in his life. Majithia said he would withdraw the case from the court.