Ram Jethmalani quits as Arvind Kejriwal's counsel, sends Rs 2 crore bill

by Abel Hampton July 29, 2017, 0:07
Ram Jethmalani quits as Arvind Kejriwal's counsel, sends Rs 2 crore bill

An official from Jethmalani's office said a letter has been sent to Kejriwal but refused to share its contents.

The case before the joint registrar had come after the hearing before Justice Manmohan, who said, "I have never seen such scandalous words being used in any suit and it is uncalled for".

Jethmalani had reportedly used the word "crook" against the finance minister during his cross-examination before a joint registrar, PTI reported. Does it fall on free speech? The affidavit was filed after Jaitley moved an application, requesting the court to expedite the proceedings against Kejriwal. The judge said that if the assurance furnished was breached, the aggrieved party would be given liberty to approach the court. Even now, if Delhi government does not pay or he can not pay, I will appear for free.

During the cross-examination of the Union minister on May 15 and May 17 in the Delhi High Court, Jethmalani had used certain words which were objected to by Jaitley, reported NDTV. He had also objected to the use of a certain word against him by Jethmalani.

"We have introduced several public welfare schemes, including free surgery scheme at private hospitals, as there is a common man's (AAP) Government".

He added, "This court is of the view that liberty of free speech can not be used to make unaccounted statements".

Kejriwal said that he has even instructed his counsel on record, Anupam Srivastava, to remind Jethmalani that no such instructions were issued to him in his meeting with him.

Senior counsel Rajiv Nayar, Sandeep Sethi and Manik Dogra, appearing for Jaitley, insisted on an affidavit from Jethmalani, saying one of them was "lying or making a wrong statement". "I have not heard anything about what Jethmalani has said", Sisodia said. The HC had on May 23 sought Kejriwal's response on why defamation proceedings should not be initiated against him in the second case as well. During cross examination, Jaitley said that he had filed a defamation case as his reputation hampered in "irreparable" manner.

A fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit was also filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal over his lawyer Jethmalani using the word "crook" during cross-examination of the previous defamation suit. However, Kejriwal's counsel had submitted there was no such instruction.

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