New Delhi, July 26, 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 has now asked Kejriwal to settle Rs 2 crore due on him as legal fees.
Jethmalani’s decision came after the AAP chief on Tuesday told the Delhi High Court that he never instructed his counsel Jethmalani to use objectionable words against Jaitley during hearing of the case on May 17.
Soon after Kejriwal’s submission, Jethmalani wrote a letter to the Delhi CM accusing him using even more offensive language against Jaitley during private discussions on the case, reports said.
In his affidavit, Kejriwal said it was “inconceivable that he would even think of instructing the senior counsel to use such objectionable words.”
The CM denied the charge of Jaitley that the questions with derogatory remarks were “clearly designed to insult and/or annoy” him.
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”.