Days after quitting as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal's counsel in the defamation cases filed against him by Union minister Arun Jaitley, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani has fired a fresh salvo at his erstwhile client, saying the CM has asked him to use abusive words against the Finance Minister.
Earlier on July 20, the senior lawyer had written a letter to Kejriwal in which he has claimed that the AAP leader had asked him to use worse words against Arun Jaitley. As per the latest reports of Times Of India, Jethmalani has now taken an unprecedented step and has sent the letter to Jaitley.
"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," Jethmalani wrote in his letter to Kejriwal on July 20.
He further wrote, "You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson. Incidentally, for the last couple of weeks, you only met me briefly. However, your assistant Raghav Chadha and advocate Anupam Srivastava have been briefing me in the matter. Of course, the law is settled that no suit for damages lies against parties and lawyers even if the suggestion made only in court judicial proceedings proves to be false or malicious."
On May 17, the recording of Jaitley’s statement in a Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit, filed by him against Kejriwal and other AAP functionaries, witnessed high drama as the Union minister objected to the use of a word against him by the veteran lawyer representing the chief minister. When the Finance Minister asked Jethmalani whether the word was used as per instructions from Kejriwal, he replied in affirmative.
It has been reported that in a letter to the CM, the senior advocate had also claimed Kejriwal had used even more offensive language against Jaitley during private discussions on the case.
However, Kejriwal denied instructing his lawyer to use the word 'crook'. In an affidavit, the Delhi CM told the court, "Neither the defendant (Kejriwal) nor the counsel (Anupam Srivastava) briefing the senior counsel (Jethmalani) gave instructions to the senior counsel to use the objectionable words on May 17, 2017."
Kejriwal had accused Jaitley of complicity in the "DDCA scam", leading the latter to file a defamation suit seeking Rs 10 crore. The 'derogatory' word Jethmalani had used triggered the second Rs 10-crore defamation case against Kejriwal.