Arvind Kejriwal: Arvind Kejriwal’s apology spree: 3 down, 30 more to go? | India News – Times of India

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Here’s how the once belligerent Arvind Kejriwal has gone on the defensive after being hit by a barrage of defamation cases:
Kejriwal Vs Bikram Singh Majithia
On March 15, political mills went into overdrive when Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal apologised to SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia for alleging that the Punjab politician was involved in drugs trade.
“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’ve learnt that the allegations are unfounded,” Kejriwal said.
What’s more, Majithia accepted the apology and withdrew a defamation case against Kejriwal, all the while crowing that “truth has prevailed”.
“It is indeed a historical moment that a sitting chief minister has submitted a written apology in court withdrawing all statements he made against me besides regretting the damage caused to my esteem as well as hurt caused to my family, friends and well wishers… Kejriwal has displayed great courage to admit his mistake and move on,” said Majithia.
The apology, however, did not go down well with everyone. AAP state leaders were miffed at Kejriwal’s “meek surrender”, while BJP and rival parties ridiculed the Delhi CM for backing down.
Kejriwal’s apology to Majithia a bid to reduce defamation burden: Punjab CM Amarinder
Kejriwal Vs Nitin Gadkari
It then emerged on Monday that Kejriwal wrote a letter to Union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari, expressing “regret” over naming the BJP leader in the Aam Aadmi Party’s list of “India’s most corrupt”.
“I made certain statements, without regard to its verifiability, which seem to have hurt you (Gadkari) and therefore you have filed a defamation case against me. I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same,” the Delhi CM said in the letter dated March 16.
Consequently, Kejriwal and Gadkari submitted a joint application to Patiala House Court seeking withdrawal of the defamation case filed against the AAP leader.
Kejriwal Vs the Sibals
Mere hours later, the Delhi CM and his deputy Manish Sisodia tendered an apology to senior advocate Amit Sibal, son of senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal , in a criminal defamation case filed by him.
Kejriwal had alleged conflict of interest over Amit Sibal appearing in the Supreme Court for Telecom major Vodafone when his father was the union Communication Minister.
Changing his tune, Kejriwal wrote to the Sibals, saying: “I hereby withdraw all my allegations made against you and your father and apologize for the same.”
The Sibals readily accepted the apology.
“Kejriwal ji and Sisodia ji have accepted that the allegations they had put on me and my son in a press conference few years ago were baseless. They’ve apologised for the same today. He has apologised for what he did everything is forgotten now, we will move ahead,” Kapil Sibal told ANI.
Then, the Sibals, along with the AAP duo, moved court seeking withdrawal of the defamation case filed in 2013. Complying with their request, the court disposed off the case this evening.
Is Arun Jaitley next?
Kejriwal is currently embroiled in a heated court battle with finance minister Arun Jaitley, who has slapped two defamation cases against him and other AAP leaders.
The AAP leaders had accused Jaitley of corruption as the president of the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), a post he had held from 2000 to 2013.
Jaitley, who had denied all allegations levelled by the AAP leaders in December 2015, had filed a civil defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore damages from Kejriwal and five others of his party, claiming they had made “false and defamatory” statements, thereby harming his reputation.
The second suit was filed after Kejriwal’s former counsel Ram Jethmalani allegedly “abused” the BJP leader in open court during the proceedings of the original defamation case.

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