Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has apologised to Union Minister Nitin Gadkari for making "certain statements, without regard to its verifiability."
The apology letter is the key piece of a joint application seeking withdrawal of a defamation case levelled by Gadkari against Kejriwal.
The application reads:
On 16.03.2018, Shri Kejriwal has written letter to the complainant expressing regret for the unverified allegations.
The apology reads as follows:
Dear Gadkari Ji,
Both of us are in public life belonging to different political parties. I made certain statements, without regard to its verifiability, which seem to have hurt you and therefore you have filed a defamation case against me. I have nothing personal against you. I regeret the same.
Let us put the incident behind us and bring the court proceedings to a closure. I suggest we should put our energy to serve the people of this country, in the spirit of mutual respect.
Earlier, Kejriwal's apology to SAD leader and former Punjab minister Bikram Singh Majithia for accusing him of being involved in drugs trade pushed AAP's state unit into a crisis as its Punjab unit president Bhagwant Mann and co-president Aman Arora resigned from their posts.