Arvind Kejriwal has been one of the most talked about politicians of the recent times. Unfortunately he was in news for more negative reasons than the positive ones. Ever since he has stepped into the political arena his unpredictable actions and words have sooner or later dragged him in the court of law. Such is the enigma of this leader that he has managed to rub off not just the opposition but also his own party members in the wrong way. According to various sources Arvind Kejriwal has around 11 defamation cases against him in the court filed by both the opposition and his own party members.
Let us take a look at some of those:
1. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Pawan Khera:
At this time in 2013, Arvind Kejriwal was yet to defeat Sheila Dikshit in one of the biggest turn arounds of Indian politics when Pawan Khera who was then the Political Secretary to the Delhi Chief Minister filed a defamation case against Kejriwal. The case was filed on the account of Kejriwal using ‘false and filthy’ language on television against Sheila Dikshit regarding the hike in power tariffs in October 2012. Kejriwal had refused the bail plea offered by the Karkarduma court.
2. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Amit Sibbal:
Six months after Pawan Mehra’s case, Kejriwal received another set back when Kapil Sibbal’s son Amit Sibbal filed another defamation case against him. This came at a time when Kapil Sibbal was the union minister for communications. The case was filed over the conflict in interest when Amit Sibbal appeared in the Supreme Court for tax related issues by Vodafone, a telecom major. In December 2016, Kejriwal sought and received permanent excemption from court hearings by the Patiala House Court.
3. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by AAP leader Surender Kumar Sharma:
The year 2013 can be termed as the year of defamation cases for Arvind Kejriwal as he was slapped with another lawsuit, this time by his fellow party leader Surender Kumar Sharma who accused Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia of denying him a party ticket after announcing him as a party candidate. According to Surender Kumar Sharma, AAP volunteers approached him to contest elections for the Delhi assembly given the repo of his social work but later was denied the same, he also accused AAP party leaders including Kejriwal and Sisodia of using derogatory and defamatory language against him causing his loss of reputation in both the Bar and the party.
4. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Nitin Gadkari:
The fourth case against Kejriwal and the first in 2014 came through Nitin Gadkari. In a press conference for the parliamentary elections 2014, Kejriwal read out a list of ‘India’s most corrupt’ which included the name of the Union Minister Nitin Gadkari. In February when Kejriwal refused to furnish the bail bond, the court sent him to judicial custody but was later stayed by the Supreme Court.
5. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by BJP leader Avtar Singh Badhana
Another name that Arvind Kejriwal Included in his list of ‘India’s Most Corrupt’was of Akali leader Avtar Singh Badhana who slapped a defamation lawsuit against Kejriwal. He sought Rs One Crore in damages as he said that his image as a political leader had been defamed considerably given Kejriwal’s comments. In August, 2017 both leaders decide not to further pursue the case in the court and came to terms with each other after Arvind Kejriwal retracted his comments on Badhana.
6. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Ramesh Badhuri:
BJP MP Ramesh Badhuri filed a defamation case against Kejriwal when according to the BJP MP, Kejriwal made baseless allegations against him. Kejriwal later furnished a bond of Rs 10,000 from the Patiala House Court that granted him bail. In October 2016, Kejriwal acquired permanent exemption from appearing in the court.
7. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Chetan Chauhan:
In February 2016, Chetan Chauhan from DDCA (Delhi District Cricket Association) filed a similar case on Kejriwal accusing him of making defamatory comments on the cricketing body before the media. He also stated that the remarks made by the Delhi Chief Minister were factually incorrect.
8. Defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Bikram Singh Majithia:
During the Punjab elections, Arvind kejriwal along with Sanjay Singh (Rajya Sabha MP) and Ashish Khetan accused Majithia of being involved in the drug trade flourishing in Punjab. On May 20th, 2016, Majithia filed a case in Amritsar Court against Kejriwal accusing him of tarnishing his image in the public eye. Arvind Kejriwal retracted his comments on Thursday and apologized unconditionally for the remarks he made. Majithia on the other hand has accepted the apology and has withdrawn the case against Kejriwal. Serious repercussions are visible within the AAP party as a result of this apology. Kumar Vishwas took to twitter to launch a veiled attack on the AAP supremo while Bhagwant Mann who was serving as the Punjab AAP chief has resigned from the post as a result of the apology made.
9. Three Defamation cases against Arvind Kejriwal filed by Arun Jaitley:
Similar to Chetan Chauhan’s Case, Arun Jaitley filed a defamation case on Arvind Kejriwal over his comments on the DDCA matter and has demanded a sum of Rs 10 crores as the compensation for the loss of reputation.
Another case was filed by Jaitley in December 2016, when Arvind Kejriwal was furious over the CBI raids conducted at his residence and office stating that massive irregularities were found in DDCA records under Jaitley’s chairmanship.
The last case filed by Jaitley on Kejriwal was again for Rs 10 Crores when Ram Jethmalani called Arun Jaitley a crook during a court trial. Jethmalani later pointed the blame over the AAP leader stating that he had asked him to use the word.
With these three cases the list of defamation cases against Arvind Kejriwal comes to an end. It is not the cases on the leader that raises eyebrows amongst the masses but it is the way Arvind Kejriwal first accuses ministers then and again and without hesitation seeks an apology for the remarks he makes. Arvind Kejriwal rose to fame with the philosophy of never backing down under any political pressure but his recent apologies either shows he is no longer the man he once was or he is not respectful to the post he currently holds. As a chief minister of the capital of India making baseless allegations without researching them before hand, he is only tarnishing his own image before the public. According to sources from NDTV, he even plans to apologize to Arun Jaitley as well. According to him, this is not the time to fight court cases but to work. If this really is his motive then why make the allegations I the first place.
What comes next is not for the media or the public to decide but is in the hands of Arvind Kejriwal. Will Delhi accept him again or will he become a one time wonder.