After reports broke out that Delhi Chief Minister is shelling out whooping Rs 3.8 cr from tax payer’s money to pay Lawyer Ram Jethmalani in the case to defend him from finance minister Arun Jaitley.
What Is The Case About?
The case against Mr Kejriwal was filed in 2015 and accuses him of making unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against the Finance Minister related to the period when he headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association or DDCA, the main cricket administration body for Delhi and its surrounding areas. Arun Jaitley in his civil defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal has sought Rs 10 crore in damages.
Mr Jethmalani has reportedly sent bills for Rs.1crore in retainership and Rs.22 lakh for each appearance in court to the Delhi Chief Minister.
Soon, Ram Jethmalani- 93, has said that if Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cannot afford to pay his fee, he will not charge the politician to defend him in court.
“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 bills. If it is incumbent on me to support him and his livelihood I will support him, because he is a clean force as opposed to Arun Jaitley,” said Mr Jethmalani.
Delhi deputy CM, Manish Sisodia, signed off on the legal bills and sent them for clearance to Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who has sought the opinion of experts on how to proceed.
“It is you who made the statement – then why should people pay? It is you who should pay,” said union Minister Prakash Javadekar, claiming that the Chief Minister’s Aam Admi Party is “trying to loot the people.”
While AAP says that the government should pay the bill because the case targets the office of the Chief Minister, and not an individual.
If Arvind Kejriwal eventually decides to pay Ram Jethmalani his fee (Rs 22 lakh per appearance), he would possibly end up paying his lawyer more than he might pay Arun Jaitley as damages.
Ram Jethmalani, who is one of country’s top advocate was expelled by BJP party four years ago.