Days after saying sorry to Punjab politician Bikram Majithia, Arvind Kejriwal apologised to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for once calling him “one of the country’s most corrupt politicians”.
In a note to Nitin Gadkari, Mr Kejriwal admitted to “making unverified allegations” in 2014 and added, “I have nothing personal against you. I regret the same. Let us put the incident behind us and bring the court proceedings to a closure.” After the apology, they both submitted a joint application asking to withdraw the defamation case filed by Mr Gadkari.
Sources say Mr Kejriwal, the chief of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), intends to get rid of all 33 defamation cases against him through similar out of court settlements. The cases, say AAP leaders, have been a drain on the party’s much money and resources.
Kapil Sibal, Sheila Dikshit and Ramesh Bidhuri are next. Tangled up in cases, Mr Kejriwal is already in trouble with a section of his party for apologising to Bikram Majithia, an Akali Dal leader. The former minister had filed a criminal defamation case in 2016 against Mr Kejriwal and two other AAP leaders for targeting him over the problem of drugs in Punjab.