Buried deep under the debris of defamation cases in various courts across the country, Arvind Kejriwal goes on an apology spree. Are anymore likely to come is not such a big question now
The Hush Post: In the list of Arvind Kejriwal’s apologies, now comes another set of them. This time, Arvind Kejriwal has sought an apology from Congress leader Kapil Sibal and BJP’s Nitin Gadkari. This comes days after he apologised to Punjab SAD(B) leader Bikram Majithia.
Kejriwal had included Gadkari’s name in the list of most corrupt people. Subsequently, Gadkari had dragged Kejriwal to the court with a defamation case.
Against Kapil Sibal, Kejriwal had held a press conference in May 2013 saying that there was a conflict of interest since Amit Sibal, Kapil Sibal’s son had appeared in the court for a telecom firm when senior Sibal was a telecom minister. Following this, Amit Sibal had filed a defamation case.
The Delhi chief minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal withdrew all his statements made against the two just as he did against Punjab Shiromani Akali Dal(SAD) leader Bikram Singh Majithia against whom he had made allegations that his involvement in drug trade.
Earlier, 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…….”
Majithia was the first one to file a 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.
At present, there are close to 30 defamation cases against Arvind Kejriwal filed across the country.