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Virbhadra threatens defamation suit against Kejriwal

New Delhi: In fresh confrontation with Team Anna, Union Minister Virbhadra Singh today said he intends to file a criminal defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal while Congress MP Jagdambika Pal has slapped a privilege notice againt the activist for allegedly insulting Parliament.

"I intend to file criminal defamation suit," the Union Minister for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises said.

Virbhadra Singh figures in the list of 14 ministers against whom Team Anna has demanded registration of FIR and investigation into charges of corruption. Singh had earlier written a letter to Kejriwal seeking unconditional apology fo the "baseless" charges.

A Team Anna member said Kejriwal has received a letter from Virbhadra Singh as well as a breach of privilege notice served on him by Pal.

Apart from Pal, privilege notices were earlier moved by Rajya Sabha members Ramkripal Yadav and Rajneeti Prasad (both RJD) and Lok Sabha MP Sajjan Kumar Verma (Congress) following Kejriwal`s March 25 speech at Jantar Mantar during which he raised the issue of 162 people with criminal cases being MPs.

Kejriwal had struck a defiant note in replying to the privilege notices asking how can he respect the House which has 162 MPs with criminal background.

Denying allegations by four MPs who moved privilege notices against him that he insulted the House, he had said he respects Parliament but noted that it is being insulted by those sitting inside Parliament and not those outside.

Kejriwal today stuck to his position and said he hadn`t said anything wrong. "I will respond in a week`s time. I have not said anything wrong. There is no question of apology," he told PTI.

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