BJP leader Arun Jaitley has withdrawn his defamation case against dissident AAP leader Kumar Vishwas after the latter apologized.
This came almost two months after Arvind Kejriwal and four others, who too were named in the case, had issued an unequivocal apology.
Vishwas had earlier refused to do so, saying he was following the party line in attacking Jaitley.
What was the case about?
Jaitley had sued Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders in December'15, seeking Rs. 10cr as damages, after they accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as Delhi and District Association's boss.
A second Rs. 10cr defamation suit followed in July'17, after Kejriwal's lawyer Ram Jethmalani used a slur during cross-examination. He claimed that the term was authorized by his client Kejriwal.
Why did Kejriwal apologize?
There were about 20 defamation cases pending against Kejriwal. To reduce the financial cost spent on litigation, Kejriwal undertook an apology marathon.
He apparently wanted to "refocus" his time and energy on governance-related matters.