Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has reportedly removed eminent advocate Ram Jethmalani as his lawyer, reported news agency ANI on Friday afternoon. Senior advocate Jethmalani was defending the Delhi CM in the defamation case against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. This has happened after a number of controversies broke out over the recent weeks. However, Delhi’s deputy CM responded by saying that no such development has taken place. “Humne to nahi hataya hai,” he was quoted saying by ANI.
First a note shared by Bharatiya Janata Party that revealed Jethmalani’s fee for the case sparked a row. The note alleged that Jethmalani’s office sought a retainer fee of Rs 1 crore and demanded Rs 22 lakh per appearance in court. Later, Arun Jaitley filed another defamation case against the Delhi CM after Jethmalani reportedly used an objectionable word in the court.
According to a report by the Indian Express, Jethmalani created a dramatic scene in the courtroom in the last hearing raising questions over Jaitley’s knowledge of the English language, Civil Procedure Code as to whether the minister had ‘personal feeling of greatness that cannot be quantified in fiscal measure’. After which the finance minister filed another case against Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders.
The Aam Aadmi Party was given another blow on Thursday as a sessions court rejected a plea filed by leaders Ashutosh and Sanjay Singh against an order to put them on trial along with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation complaint filed by Union Minister Arun Jaitley in the DDCA controversy. Arun Jaitley had filed the complaint alleging that the accused had defamed him in a controversy regarding Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) which he headed for over a decade.
Ashutosh and Singh, besides Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Vajpai, were put on trial by the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sumit Dass on March 25 for the alleged offence of defamation, to which the accused pleaded not guilty.