Jethmalani Quits As Kejriwal’s Counsel In Defamation Case. Seeks Rs 2 Cr Fee From Delhi CM
New Delhi: Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani announced on Wednesday that he would no more be representing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley.
The lawyer has taken this decision after Kejriwal had on Tuesday submitted in the Delhi High Court that he did not ask Jethmalani to use objectionable words during the hearing of the defamation case.
“I will not be representing Kejriwal as his counsel, because he lied. He told the court that he did not give me any instructions. In fact, it was he who asked me to speak like that,” said Jethmalani. He also wrote to Kejriwal to settle Rs. 2 crore as his legal fees.
The defamation case was launched by Union Minister Arun Jaitley against Arvind Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders for allegedly making defamatory allegations against him (Jaitley) when the latter headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association. The Union Minister had sought Rs 10 crore in damages.
When arguments were going on in the defamation case, Jethmalani used objectionable words which implied that Jaitley was corrupt. Angered at this, Jaitley filed another defamation case for an additional Rs. 10 crore in damages.
Meanwhile, Kejriwal has reiterated that he did not instruct Jethmalani to use objectionable words while cross examining Jaitley.