Vastavam web: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has tendered an apology for levelling charges of involvement in drugs trade against Shiromani Akali Dal leader Bikram Singh Majithia following which the latter has decided to withdraw the court case against him.Disclosing this today, Majithia claimed he was grateful that truth had won and Kejriwal had realized his mistake.Drug abuse was a major issue in the high-octane Punjab Assembly elections last year and Kejriwal, who was leading the AAP charge, accused Majithia, then a minister in the state government, of being involved in narcotics trade.
However, in his apology to Majithia, the Delhi chief minister said he had learnt that his allegations were unfounded.Talking to reporters here this evening, Majithia said he had accepted the apology.”I thank Kejriwal for showing greatness in seeking apology for his remarks made against me. I have told my lawyers that from our side, this case ends as Kejriwal has sought apology. I have asked my counsels to withdraw the defamation case. Person makes mistake and with the grace of God, if I have the ability to forgive and I will forgive,” the SAD leader said.The Delhi chief minister’s apology had affirmed that politics of smear campaigns would never succeed, he said.
“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. In today’s day and age, we are bound to commit mistakes. It is human nature. Kejriwal has displayed great courage to admit his mistake and move on,” said Majithia.My wife also went through a difficult phase, I thank the almighty that this chapter has ended and truth has prevailed, he said.
“If my two little kids were asked in school that your father does such things, you can imagine what could have been my position. What answer I could have given to them,” he said.Meanwhile, the AAP said that Kejriwal was facing dozens of civil and criminal cases related to defamation, putting hoardings or posters during election campaigns, violation of Sec 144, public protests etc in Delhi and other parts of India like Varanasi, Amethi, Punjab, Assam, Maharashtra, Goa and many other places.