During the recording of his statement, Jaitley told Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal that Kejriwal and these five persons had given "false" and "defamatory" statements against him and his family members.

Jaitley, who appeared before the court amidst tight security, also said that statements have been made to deflect attention from CBI probe against a particular person who is working with Kejriwal, court sources said.

The security personnel did not allow any mediaperson to enter the court room and only the advocates have been allowed to attend the closed-door proceedings.

The Finance Minister had on December 21 filed criminal defamation case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders -- Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai – for allegedly defaming him and sought their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of upto two years in jail.

The complaint was filed under various sections of the IPC including 499 (defamation), 500 (punishment), 501 and 502 (printing and sale of defamatory matter).

In his complaint, Jaitley had said that the CM and other AAP leaders, with common intention, have from December 15 undertaken 'a false, malicious and defamatory campaign against him and his family members for political mileage causing irreversible damage to him'.

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