Arun Jaitley (above) will be cross-examined by counsel for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani © IANS
Arun Jaitley (above) will be cross-examined by counsel for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani © IANS

New Delhi: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will on Monday appear before the Delhi High Court in connection with the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) defamation case. He will be cross-examined by counsel for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani. In the previous hearing, Jaitley tendered evidence in support of his civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and the AAP leaders. Jaitley had filed the suit seeking Rs. 10 crore in damages after Kejriwal and five Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders accused him of alleged irregularities and financial bungling in Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA), of which Jaitley was the president for about 13 years until 2013. DDCA graft case: Sports journalist, 3 others appear before panel

Jaitley denied of all charges and filed a criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in the Patiala House Court, while a civil defamation case was filed in the Delhi High Court. The Supreme Court on November 22 dismissed Kejriwal’s plea seeking a stay on trial court proceedings in the case. Earlier, four people, including a senior sports journalist, on Thursday appeared before Delhi Assembly’s special enquiry committee probing alleged irregularities in cricketing body Delhi District and Cricket Association (DDCA). Open for media presence, the meeting lasted for nearly two hours during which the sports journalist citing his decade long reporting experience levelled serious allegations against DDCA office-bearers, a PTI report claimed.

Chairman of the enquiry committee Saurabh Bhardwaj along with other members questioned the scribe who made a lengthy deposition centering around alleged corruption related to selection of players, purchases and construction work undertaken at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium by DDCA.