Arvind Kejriwal’s plea for DDCA papers denied
Stating that the court ‘cannot be used as an instrument to create evidence or conduct the roving and fishing enquiry for Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi High Court (HC) on Tuesday dismissed the Chief Minister’s application that sought summoning of the minutes of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) meetings, held when Union Minister Arun Jaitley was the president of the sporting body.
Joint Registrar Pankaj Gupta refused to admit the application filed in connection with a civil defamation case, lodged by Jaitley against Kejriwal and five other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders.
Appearing for Kejriwal, his counsel had argued that subject record was needed during the cross-examination of the witness. The court, however, refused to accept this contention and said: “The onus to prove the issues is on the defendant no. 1 (Kejriwal). He has to stand on his own legs.”
The court also stated that while filing the written statement, Kejriwal had mentioned a number of documents, such as complaints, reports of committees, and print and electronic media reports. There was, however, no mention of the subject record.
“It implies that the subject record was not even in the public domain during the period when the defendant no. 1 (Kejriwal) made the statements. …read more