March 15, 2018 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Chandigarh: Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Supremo Arvind Kejriwal apologised to former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia on Thursday (March 15) his earlier statements against Majithia on drugs issue. The Delhi CM also submitted a copy of the written apology to the court in a defamation case that Bikram Singh Majithia had filed against Arvind Kejriwal.
During the Punjab Assembly election campaign in 2016-17, Arvind Kejriwal had time and again attacked the the Punjab government led by Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) and particularly Bikram Singh Majithia for being hand in glove with the drug mafia in Punjab.
Interestingly, Arvind Kejriwal had vowed to send Majithia to jail if AAP was voted to power in Punjab.
But now Arvind Kejriwal in his apology letter writes: “Because of my allegations made against you at various political rallies, public meetings, TV programs, print, electronic and social media, you filed a defamation case against us… I hereby withdraw all my statements and allegations made against you and apologize for the same”.
He further writes, “The damage caused to your esteem, the hurt caused to your family, friend, well-wishers, followers and the loss caused to you is regretted.”
Bikram Majithia tweeted a picture of the apology letter today.
Hours after Majithia flaunted Kejriwal’s apology letter, AAP issued a statement saying, “CM Arvind Kejriwal is facing dozens of civil and criminal cases related to defamation, putting hoardings/posters during election campaigns, violation of Sec 144, public protests etc in Delhi. There are similar cases in other parts of India like Banaras, Amethi, Punjab, Assam, Maharastra, Goa and many other remote places. Most of these cases require personal appearance of the court cases.”
“These cases have been foisted by our political rivals to demotivate us and keep our leadership busy in these legal matters. The decision to amicably sort out all such legal cases is a strategy as devised by the legal team of the party. The political cases in Delhi have been put on fast track, forcing MLAs and ministers to virtually attend cases on a daily basis in courts at Delhi and other states in the country. Contesting court cases is taking toll on already constrained resources of the party and individuals.”
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