Finance Minister Arun Jaitley appearing before the Delhi High Court, in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation case, was grilled by Arvind Kejriwal’s counsel, Senior Advocate Ram Jethmalani, in an open court on Monday.
The Finance Minister, during the course of the cross examination, was subjected to many pointed questions, and was asked to explain how he called the damage to his reputation "irreparable and unquantifiable", and whether it had anything to do with his "personal feelings of greatness", reports NDTV.
Ram Jethmalani There is no objective rational reason, besides the value that you put on yourself...(since you had not suffered any monetary damage), which is why you call it unquantifiable...your personal feelings about your greatness was the factor in saying you have been damaged.
Defending his client, Jethmalani argued that the plea filed by Jaitley is wrong and that instead of defamation, it should have been for 'slander and libel'. He also accused Jaitley of influencing Chetan Sanghi, the Delhi government vigilance chief who handled the DDCA case, and persuading him to go back on his report.
Defending his stance, Arun Jaitley responded, "The loss of my reputation has been partly quantified in terms of money. Loss of reputation causes mental distress to the person defamed, which it did in my case." He added:
Considering my stature, background and reputation, the loss caused to me and my reputation was so enormous that it was considered unquantifiable.
The cross examination took place as Arun Jailtley appealed against the Delhi Chief Minister in the DDCA case. Jaitley had appealed against Kejriwal and five other senior Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders in the case.
Arun Jaitley had filed the case after Arvind Kejriwal and other AAP leaders had accused him of financial mismanagement during his 13 year tenure as the DDCA’s head. In his appeal, he has also demanded 10 crore for damage to his image.