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Published On: Mon, Mar 19th, 2018

AravindAfter Majithia, Kejriwal now regrets his remarks against Nitin Gadkari

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29342308_10155107990546046_1690643069239558144_oNEW DELHI : A Delhi court on Monday closed the prosecution proceedings against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a criminal defamation case filed by Union Minister Nitin Gakari.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal closed the case after the Chief Minister compromised the case with Mr Gadkari by tendering an unconditional apology to him.“I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same,” Mr. Kejriwal’s letter to Mr. Gadkari states.
Mr. Gadkari had filed the case in 2013 after Mr. Kejriwal included his name in the list of “India’s most corrupt leaders” and made it public at his party meeting before the last Lok Sabha elections.The court had already fra

med notice against Mr. Kejriwal in the case.Reacting to the apologies by Mr.  Kejriwal, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said, “We are here to work for the public. If someone is hurt due to our remarks we will apologise. We don’t want to fight the battle of ego.”
The court had in 2014, sent Mr. Kejriwal to judicial custodyin the case when he refused to furnish a bail bond on appearing before it on a summons. However, he had later furnished the bond on a suggestion by the High Court and was released from jail.

Kejriwal, who had levelled serious allegations against BJP leader Nitin Gadkari and Congress leader Kapil Sibal’s son Amit Sibal during an anti-graft campaign, has tendered unconditional apologies to them leading to judicial burial of two defamation cases against him.
In two separate letters, filed along with joint applications for the closure of defamation complaints, Kejriwal has “regretted” his remarks.”Both of us are in public life belonging to different political parties. I made certain statements, without regard to its verifiability, which seem to have hurt you and therefore you have filed a defamation case against me. I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same.
“Let us put the incident behind and bring the court proceedings to a closure. I suggest we should put our energy to serve the people of this country in the spirit of mutual respect, ” he said in his letter to Gadkari, whom he had allegedly called “India’s most corrupt”.

Two identical apology letters were also submitted before the court on behalf of Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, accused in the defamation case filed by lawyer Amit Sibal, in which they have said the allegations made by them were “unfounded”.

“On May 15, 2013 at a Press Conference at the Constitution Club of India, I made certain statements against you and your father. Now, I have learnt that the allegations I made against you and your father at the press conference were unfounded.

“I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and your father and apologise for the same. The damage caused to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friends and well-wishers and the loss caused to you is regretted,” Kejriwal and Sisodia wrote in separate letters.
Senior advocate and Additional Solicitor General Pinky Anand, who appeared for Gadkari, later said that Kejriwal regretted about what he had said and hence, closing the issue was in the “larger interest of the nation”.”He must understand that defamation is a very strong offence. He should be careful in future,” Anand said (With Agency Inputs).

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