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Second defamation suit by Jaitley: HC imposes Rs 5, 000 on Kejriwal

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New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today imposed another Rs 5,000 as cost on Arvind Kejriwal over delay in filing his reply to a fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit filed by Union minister Arun Jaitley over use of an objectionable word allegedly by the CM’s former lawyer.

The cost was imposed after Jaitley’s counsel informed the court that the chief minister’s written statement to the suit was filed beyond the time of two weeks granted by this court on July 26.

The counsel further submitted that these were delaying tactics on the part of the chief minister.

The court has now fixed the matter for October 12. Meanwhile,  Kejriwal, in his reply to the defamation suit, filed through advocate submitted that the union minister’s suit “is liable to be dismissed as no civil action for damages for slander lies for any statement in pleadings or during the conduct of a suit against a party or a witness in it.”

The high court had on May 23 sought response of  Kejriwal on why defamation proceedings should not be initiated against him.

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