Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh has withdrawn the defamation case filed against the Union finance minister Arun Jaitley.
The Chief Minister, while interacting with press stated “The defamation case against Jaitley stands withdrawn as I do not wish to press the issue now as Jaitely is finance minister of the country and the state government has to interact with the Union Ministry on important financial matters concerning the state,”
The chief minister had filed three defamation cases under 499 of IPC on 16 January against Arun Jaitley, former chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal, his parliamentarian son Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal in the Court of CJM, Shimla. He, however, doesn’t take case back against Dhumal family members.
Virbhadra Singh had accused them for unleashing malicious campaign against him and his family members through media and so he was compelled to file defamation case. He had even termed the BJP leaders propaganda as conspiracy ahead of the Lok Sabha polls.
On the other side, the state BJP has claimed that the withdrawal of the case against Arun Jaitley proves that Virbhadra Singh had filed a false case in the first place. BJP spokesman Ganesh Dutt, in his press communiqué, asked Chief Minister to apologies to Jaitley as he has damaged his reputation.
Dutt also pointed out at the CBI inquiries against Virbhadra Singh and stated that withdrawn of the defamation case won’t earn him anything as enquiry will not be hampered.