Jaitley accuses Kejriwal of spreading ‘falsehoods’

New Delhi (PTI): Hitting back at Arvind Kejriwal over the DDCA row, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today accused him of spreading “false propaganda”, saying he seems to believe in untruth and defamation and delivers a language that borders on hysteria.

Jaitley also attacked West Bengal and Bihar chief ministers Mamata Banerjee and Nitish Kumar for supporting Kejriwal, saying “they need to redeem themselves” by publicly distancing from the Delhi chief minister’s vocabulary.

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The Finance Minister said by referring to some facts of 2014 and 2015, Kejriwal cannot drag him in the Delhi cricket body case as he left cricket administration in 2013.

Attacking Kejriwal for the language used by him against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the wake of CBI searches on an officer in his secretariat, he said a state or UT by its “unacceptable conduct” can also be a threat to federalism.

“Free speech is unquestionably a pre-eminent fundamental right, but does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood? The Delhi Chief Minister, Mr Arvind Kejriwal, seems to believe in untruth and defamation, delivered in a language that borders on hysteria,” he said on his facebook blog entitled “Falsehood as free speech”.

He said Kejriwal alleged that the search on an officer close to him is a violation to the federal structure of Constitution and has used some “unacceptable adjectives” against the Prime Minister.

Jaitley said Kejriwal has questioned the purpose of the search and tried to divert attention by linking it to the Delhi cricket body rather than alleged corruption.

“Federalism is not a one way stream. It is not always that the Union Government challenges the spirit of federalism. A State or a Union Territory, by its unacceptable conduct, can also be a threat to federalism,” he said on his blog.

Jaitley added that the DDCA case “is a part of propaganda technique to deflect attention when you yourself are in the dock” and accused Kejriwal of focussing attention on him after he acted as a shield to cover an officer under investigation.

“I have left cricket administration in 2013. By referring to some facts of 2014 and 2015, he can’t drag me in,” he said, terming allegations against him as unsubstantiated and non-specific.

The Finance Minister said the Serious Fraud Investigation Office (SFIO), which was entrusted with the investigations in the case by the previous UPA government, has clearly stated that “no fraud (was) noticed as alleged” and his role as DDCA President was “like a non-executive chairman without involvement in day-to-day affairs of the company”.

2 Comments

  1. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, as DDCA President and accused of misappropriation of 80 crore rupees, was “like a non-executive chairman without involvement in day-to-day affairs of the company”. So he is an angel – for he is a RSS.

    But, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, having accused of no corruption at all, either in Herald or in the “not for profit company” under the corporate law, Young India; ARE CORRUPT TO THE CORE, FOR THEY ARE CONGRESS PEOPLE!

    Name Congress as corrupt and kill it, call RSS as angel and worship it!!!

  2. “does free speech include the right to speak only falsehood?” – Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.

    Mr. Jaitley, you people spoke falsehood on Bofors scam, defeated Rajiv Gandhi in the elections, removed the security given to him, crucified him and then made him charge-sheeted as accused posthumously. The Court said the accusation was false. You did not file any appeal against that dismissal, thereby accepting that you people filed false case. What is this, compared to crucification of Rajiv Gandh by you people?

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