New Delhi, July 29, 2017: After quitting as Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s counsel in the civil defamation suits filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the senior Supreme Court lawyer Ram Jethmalani racked up another salvo by claiming that Kejriwal has asked him to use abusive words against the Jaitley.
Following up on his July 20 letter to Kejriwal conveying his decision to quit as the CM’s counsel, the lawyer claimed that the AAP leader had, in fact, asked him to use far worse abuses than a mere crook.
“You have hundred times asked me to teach this ‘……’ a lesson. Incidentally, for the last couple of weeks, you only met me briefly. However, your assistant Raghav Chadha and advocate Anupam Srivastava have been briefing me in the matter. Of course, the law is settled that no suit for damages lies against parties and lawyers even if the suggestion made only in court judicial proceedings proves to be false or malicious,” TOI quoted Jethmalani’s letter.
“When Arun Jaitley filed the first suit and the criminal case, you naturally sought my services. Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘…….’ (the derogatory word Jethmalani had used during court proceedings.
In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit 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 the DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.
Jethmalani had used the word “crook” against the Finance Minister during his cross-examination before a Joint Registrar saying that he used the word on instruction from Kejriwal.
Jaitley, in the second civil defamation suit against Kejriwal, claimed the objectionable words caused him “permanent harm and disrepute”.