Mumbai: NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Saturday said lawyer Ram Jethmalani had contacted him over mafia don Dawood Ibrahim’s readiness to surrender in the 1990s when Pawar was Maharashtra chief minister but the don had put forward conditions which were not acceptable.
The conditions put forth for the surrender by the don were not acceptable to the state government and hence it was rejected, the Nationalist Congress Party president told media persons here.
The incident took place when Pawar – who then belonged to the Congress party – was the chief minister.
“It is true that Ram Jethmalani had given the proposal about Dawood’s willingness to surrender. But, there was the condition that he should not be kept in jail. He wanted to remain in a house. This was not acceptable to us, we said he must face the law,” Pawar said.
The NCP supremo was reacting to Jethmalani’s charge that the state government rejected an offer by Dawood to return to India. He said that Dawood was ready to go under house arrest. He also wanted a guarantee that he would not be subjected to third-degree torture by the Indian authorities.
Jethmalani claimed Dawood made the offer to surrender when they met in London but the subsequent terms and conditions were not acceptable either to Pawar or the then central government.
Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied about calling Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley a crook
The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court
Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances
New Delhi, Aug 23, 2017: Aam Admi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal was asked to clarify if he lied in court by pretending that he did not ask for abusive language to be used against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, mentioned NDTV report.
Previously, Kejriwal stated in the court that he had not instructed his former counsel Ram Jethmalani to use “crook” to describe the union minister in court. But Jethmalani claims that the Chief Minister used harshly insulting words to attack Jaitley.
Jethmalani declared that according to Jaitley, Kejriwal had misled the court by denying the allegations. In fact, he says Jethmalani has written to him to insist that was the case.
The Chief Minister is now supposed to offer his defense to the Delhi High Court.
In 2015, Jaitley sued Kejriwal and five top leaders of his Aam Aadmi Party for defamation after they accused him of corruption during his 13-year tenure as the top boss of the DDCA, the powerful cricket association that handles Delhi and its surrounding areas. In two separate cases – criminal and civil – Jaitley has sought damages of 10 crores.
During court the proceedings last month, Jaitley complained to Jethmalani’s language and said ‘Kejriwal’s team is delaying hearings in the Delhi High Court.’
The court asked Kejriwal to abstain from “scandalous” and “indecent language.”
After the Chief Minister said that he had not approved the abusive words, the lawyer riposted in a blog: “Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘crook.’ You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson.”
Jethmalani says that the Chief Minister owes him two crores for his appearances. It seems that, in his new enmity with Kejriwal, he has become an indirect ally of Jaitley.
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Ram Jethmalani alleged that Arvind Kejriwal used “worse abuses” against Jaitley
You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson: Jethmalani
Jethmalani has sent legal fees amounting to Rs. 2 crore to Kejriwal
New Delhi, July 29, 2017: Ram Jethmalani, who is a former counsel of Delhi Chief Arvind Kejriwal has fired a fresh salvo against the Delhi Chief Minister and the AAP leader.
Jethmalani alleged that the Kejriwal used “worse abuses” against Union Minister Arun Jaitley. As a result, the two are now engaged in a war of words after Mr Kejriwal has denied that he authorized Mr Jethmalani to use the word “crook” for Mr Jaitley during the hearing of a defamation case against the AAP chief by the Finance Minister, mentioned NDTV report.
Mr. Kejriwal has accused Jaitley of corruption during his 13-year-term as head of Delhi’s powerful cricket body, DDCA. To this, Arun Jaitley has filed a defamation case against Kejriwal and said that baseless allegations were made against him publicly.
On July 20, Mr Jethmalani wrote a letter to Mr Kejriwal and the copy of this letter was also uploaded on his blog yesterday, the senior lawyer said, “When Arun Jaitley filed the first suit and criminal case, you naturally sought my services. Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘crook’. You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson.”
As a result of this letter, a source close to Mr Kejriwal has hit out at the lawyer saying, “Conversations between a client and his advocate cannot be put out in the public domain.”
The whole development comes days after the Delhi CM said that he had not asked Mr Jethmalani to use objectionable words against the minister.
The affidavit submitted by Mr Kejriwal on July 25 read, “With due respect, it is submitted that neither Kejriwal nor the counsel briefing the senior counsel Jethmalani gave instructions to the senior counsel to use the objectionable words on May 17, 2017.”
According to the NDTV report, while the cross-examination of Mr Jaitley on May 17, Mr Jethmalani had said, “He (Arun Jaitley) is a crook and I will show this”. After Mr Jaitley objected, he had said, “Let the court note that I am doing this with my client’s consent”. In response, Mr Jaitley had said he would seek “aggravated damages”.
Responding to Arvind Kejriwal’s denial, Mr Jethmalani’s office had said, “He had given me instructions, I had recorded it… I have told him that I am no longer appearing. He doesn’t want a lawyer now, probably will settle with Arun Jaitley.” The senior counsel’s office had added that a communication has been sent to Mr Kejriwal to settle the dues, amounting to over Rs. 2 crore.
On Wednesday, the Delhi High Court cautioned Mr. Kejriwal against posing “scandalous questions” to Mr Jaitley during his cross-examination in the defamation suit.
Panaji: The Goa government on Friday lambasted Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jose Phillip D’Souza for his ignorance on Veer Sarvakar’s identity.
Savarkar was a freedom fighter and served as the president of the Hindu Mahasabha. He was arrested in connection with the assassination of Mahatma Gandhi and later acquitted of all charges.
The BJP-led government slammed the state Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Jose Phillip D’Souza after he said he did not know who Veer Savarkar was.
Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar said D’Souza should take lessons on Indian history from his party supremo Sharad Pawar.
Speaking to reporters, Parsekar said D’Souza should spend a few hours in the same prison cell in Andaman Nicobar islands where Savarkar was incarcerated in the pre-Independence era.
“I have spent a couple of inspiring hours there… If he does not know who Savarkar is, he should ask his party president Sharad Pawar about how great a freedom fighter he was,” Parsekar said when asked about D’Souza’s comments on Thursday.
Addressing a press conference at the party’s state headquarters, D’Souza objected to the proposed naming of a government-run art Centre at Baina town, 40 km from Panaji, after Savarkar.
“They want to name the Ravindra Bhavan after Veer Vinayak Damodar Savarkar. My question is, who is he, whether he is from Goa or from another country… we do not know,” D’Souza said.
Parsekar on Friday also clarified that there was no proposal with the government to name the structure after Savarkar.
D’Souza’s comments also irked another top minister, Sudin Dhavalikar of the Maharashtrawadi Gomantak Party, who claimed that with his ignorance about Savarkar, D’Souza has “insulted freedom fighters”.
“I want to ask whether D’Souza is an Indian citizen at all if he has not heard of Savarkar,” Dhavalikar said.(IANS)