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Delhi High Court Disposes of DDCA Defamation Case as Kejriwal, Kirti Azad settle matter

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Chief Arvind Kejriwal and Bhartiya Janata Party Suspended Member of Parliament Kirti Azad on Friday told Delhi High Court that they are settling the defamation row with cricketing body Delhi Districts Cricket Association (DDCA).

Both Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Suspended BJP MP Kirti Azad told Justice RS Endlaw that they were withdrawing the allegedly defamatory statements made against cricketing body DDCA, which in turn told the court that it was withdrawing its ₹5 crore defamation suit against them.

Taking note of the submissions about settling, the court disposed of DDCA’s defamation suit.

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Kejriwal’s Counsel Anupam Shrivastava, handed over in court to the DDCA counsel, Pradeep Chhindra, a letter stating that statements regarding functioning and finances of the cricketing body have been withdrawn.

However, Counsels of both Kejriwal and Azad has given no reasons in court as to why both of them were withdrawing their statements against DDCA.

Last year in April, Arvind Kejriwal and his aides including, Raghav Chhadha, Sanjay Singh and others expressed regret over comments against Arun Jaitley over his tenure as Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) President, a post that he held from 2000 to 2013.

In his Letter to Jaitley, The CM goes on to say that he has discovered that the “information and the imputation contained therein are unfounded and unwarranted” and he was clearly misinformed.

Later in May, last year, Kumar Vishwas also rendered his apology to BJP Leader Arun Jaitley.

In 2015 following a raid at Delhi CM’s Office, AAP Chief alleged that BJP Leader Arun Jaitley and DDCA of involving in corruption being as the President of the Delhi Districts Cricket Association (DDCA), a post he had held from 2000 to 2013.

However, Jaitley in response termed the allegations false and slapped two civil defamation suit seeking ₹10 crore damages against Kejriwal, AAP leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai.

DDCA, in retaliation, also filed a defamation case against not just the CM but former India all-rounder Kirti Azad.

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