New Delhi, May 22, 2017: Union Finance Arun Jaitley on Monday filed another additional Rs 10 crore defamation suit against the Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after his lawyer Ram Jethmalani called him a ‘crook’ in court.
Jaitley filed the case in Delhi High Court over the statement ‘guilty of crimes and crookery’ used by Jethlamalani while the senior lawyer was cross-examining, which had to be stopped after an intense verbal fight out between the legal associates.
On being asked by Arun Jaitley whether the word “crook” used by him was in his personal capacity or as per the instruction of Arvind Kejriwal, the senior lawyer said it has been used by him on instruction from his client (Kejriwal). Jaitley then threatened to seek higher damages.
In December 2015, Jaitley filed a civil defamation case against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, claiming that they made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving DDCA, thereby harming his reputation. Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal and other AAP leaders.