Several tense moments were witnessed in the court of the joint registrar (judicial) at the Delhi High Court as senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani put Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to cross-questioning. In its midst, the court noted that Jethmalani had called the Finance Minister a ‘crook’ during court proceedings. This raised ‘serious objections’ from Jaitley and his counsels, Senior Advocates Rajiv Nayar and Sandeep Sethi. Jaithmalani was then asked whether he called the Finance Minister a ‘crook’ in his personal capacity or on the instructions of the defendant (Arvind Kejriwal), as reported by the Indian Express.
According to PTI, Jaitley said that he would aggravate the charges against Kejriwal if Jaithmalani had called the Finance Minister a ‘crook’ on his client’s instructions, to this Jethmalani invoked instructions. However, the instructing counsel for Kejriwal did not agree. Jethmalani thereafter reiterated he received the instructions at a meeting with his client and that the counsel was not present there, according to an Indian Express report.
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This was the fourth time that Jaitley had been questioned in the civil defamation case he had filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and five other leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Jaitley is seeking Rs 10 crore in damages from the defendants, according to an Indian Express report.
The Finance Minister could not record his statement in the civil defamation case he had filed against Kejriwal and five others as he had objected to the word ‘crook’ used against him by the noted lawyer representing the Delhi Chief Minister.