It's also learnt that Jaitley wanted to know whether Kejriwal could ensure apologies from other AAP leaders Sanjay Singh, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai against whom defamation case has been filed.
"Kejriwal Ji and Sisodia ji have accepted that the allegations they had put on me and my son in a press conference few years ago were baseless".
"It is indeed a historical moment that a sitting chief minister has submitted a written apology in court withdrawing all statements he made against me besides regretting the damage caused to my esteem as well as hurt caused to my family, friends and well wishers. We do not want to indulge in battle of ego", he said. The Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal has now apologised to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari as well.
Kejriwal, on a mission to shed court cases in which the party convenor finds himself mired, may soon convey an apology to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley too. We're here to serve the people, we do not have the time to go to courts for such issues.
In 2014, Gadkari had filed the defamation suit against Kejriwal after he named him in a list of "corrupt politicians".
Following the letter of regret, both Kejriwal and Union minister Nitin Gadkari filed a joint application seeking withdrawal of the defamation case in Delhi's Patiala House Court.
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Omar Abdullah took to twitter and said "Arvind Kejriwal will certainly have less legal problems when he is done apologising but at what political cost?"
Sources say Kejriwal intends to get rid of all 33 defamation cases against him through similar out of court settlements. Kejriwal reportedly explained to them the rationale and his compulsions, following which the MLAs said their support for Kejriwal and the fight against former Punjab minister Bikram Majithia would continue, said the IE report.
Upset by the capitulation, AAP lawmaker Bhagwant Mann quit as the party's Punjab unit chief and Aman Arora resigned as his deputy.
"Strongly condemn Arvind Kejriwal's apology to Bikram Majithia".
The move came as a shock to the AAP's Punjab unit that had made drug abuse and alleged involvement of SAD leaders in the illegal trade the main issue in the 2017 state election. AAP leader Sanjay Singh disagreed with his action. Mr Jaitley has filed two cases against Mr Kejriwal and sought compensation of Rs 20 crore.