- 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 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.
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