NEW DELHI: Union Minister Arun Jaitleytoday opposed in Delhi High Court the plea of AAP leader Deepak Bajpai challenging the lower court’s order summoning him in a criminal defamation case, saying it was a “sorry attempt” to delay the trial.
Jaitley, in an affidavit, said the AAP leader’s plea was devoid of any merit as no sincere attempt has been made by him to satisfy the grounds for condonation of the gross delay in filing the petition.
one-and-a-half years which “establishes a clear case of malafide and a sorry attempt to delay the ongoing trial”.
The high court was hearing a plea by the AAP leader who along with others was put on trial in the defamation case, filed by Jaitley against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in the controversy surrounding the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
Bajpai has challenged the lower court order summoning and framing notice against him for the alleged offence of defamation. He has also challenged the order by which his application seeking to be heard on the point of notice was also rejected.
As carried in ET on 21/9/2017