Will consider Kejriwal poor client, won''t charge him for defamation case: Jethmalani : The Tribune India

Join Whatsapp Channel

Will consider Kejriwal poor client, won''t charge him for defamation case: Jethmalani

NEW DELHI: Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said he will defend Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case slapped on him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley without taking any fee if the Delhi Chief Minister cannot afford to pay him.

Will consider Kejriwal poor client, won''t charge him for defamation case: Jethmalani

All this is instigated by Mr Jailtley who's afraid of my cross-examination, says Jethmalani.



New Delhi, April 4

Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said he will defend Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case slapped on him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley without taking any fee if the Delhi Chief Minister cannot afford to pay him.

Jethmalani also hit out at Jaitley alleging that the row over the Delhi government's move to clear his bills for fighting the case has been "instigated" by the Union Finance Minister.

(Follow The Tribune on Facebook; and Twitter @thetribunechd)

On its part, the AAP alleged that Jaitley was paid large retainership fee for defending a private firm when it was mired in the 2G scam.

The party also sought to defend the government's move to pay Jethmalani from the public exchequer, saying the "penniless" AAP and Kejriwal cannot "afford" expensive lawyers.

Jethmalani said it is the government's duty to defend the chief minister.

"I will certainly defend him even if he can't pay, but he said 'no, I want to pay, send us the bills', so I have sent the bills. Even if the government does not support him, I will. If necessary, I will support him for his livelihood because he is a clean force compared to Arun Jaitley," said Jethmalani.

Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had directed the General Administration Department to clear the bills of Jethmalani. It is learnt that Lt Governor Anil Baijal has sought Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar's advice in doing so.

The bills totalled around Rs 3.4 crore.

"If he is unable to pay I will do it for free. I render free services to 90 per cent of my clients," Jethmalani said.

Sisodia said this is not a personal legal battle of Kejriwal and the case is a follow-up of a probe ordered by the Delhi government to clean up corruption in cricket administration in the city.

"The government will fight the case," he told reporters.

In a series of tweets, AAP leader Ashish Khetan, a former journalist, said Jaitley is a "rich man" so he can afford expensive lawyers.

"Dear @narendramodi Sir,  @ArvindKejriwal & @AamAadmiParty are pennyless. Your FM is a rich man, he can afford expensive advocates. We can't.

"@narendramodi ji, your FM has made his money defending big ppl involved in big scams. @ArvindKejriwal all his life has defended the poor (sic)," he tweeted.

Khaitan further said, "What is most important that large retainership fee was paid to @arunjaitley at a time when Anil Ambani & his companies were mired in 2G scam." —PTI


Top News

Israel says it is poised to move on Rafah

Israel says it is poised to move on Rafah to assault Hamas hold-outs

Netanyahu's Government said Israel 'moving ahead' with groun...

Tibetan government-in-exile, China holding back-channel talks; aiming to revive stalled dialogue process

Tibetan government-in-exile, China holding back-channel talks; aiming to revive stalled dialogue process

From 2002 to 2010, Dalai Lama’s representatives and Chinese ...

JEE-Main 2024 result declared; 56 candidates score 100 percentile

JEE-Main 2024 result declared; 56 candidates score 100 percentile

Out of 56, 15 are from Telangana, 7 each from Andhra Pradesh...

DRG cop killed, another injured in accidental firing in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

DRG cop killed, another injured in accidental firing in Chhattisgarh’s Dantewada

The incident took place around 11 pm on Wednesday, say polic...

Phase-2 campaign ends, fate of Rahul, Shekhawat, HDK, Hema to be sealed

Phase-2 campaign ends, fate of Rahul Gandhi, Gajendra Shekhawat, HD Kumaraswamy, Hema Malini to be sealed

88 seats up for grabs across 13 states | Polling to conclude...


Cities

View All