New Delhi, April 4: How often is that any of the eminent lawyers like Ram Jethmalani who basically charge their client by Rs. 1 cr being as a retainer and Rs 22 lakh per appearance suddenly start working for free. Doesn’t this sound weird but yes it’s true because senior and esteemed lawyer Ram Jethmalani today publically announced that he will defend Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation suit filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.
However, the announcement from Jethmalani came after few hours of Arvind Kejriwal getting into the deep trouble and headlines as he is trying to use the money of taxpayers to pay the bills. Jethmalani said, "Even now if the government doesn't pay or he can't pay, I will appear free. I will then treat him as one of my poor clients." Jethmalani also claimed that Delhi’s LG is under Jaitley's control. Jethmalani further said that he charges only the rich clients.
Notably, the deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia wrote a letter to LG Baijal asserting that Kejriwal had made these remarks in the capacity of Delhi CM, thereby "making GNCT duty bound to provide for a good lawyer to the CM". He further said, "Everybody knows this in this country that I charge only the rich, but for poor people, I do work free and the poor people are about 90 percent of my client."
Deputy CM Sisodia sent a letter for approval to L-G saying: "The statements made by Honourable chief Minister are in the official capacity. However, the name of the administrative department who will monitor the case and make payment of the cases is not mentioned." However, the LG reportedly asked for legal opinion on Delhi government's demand for Jethmalani representing Kejriwal.
Meanwhile, backing Jethmalani's claim that he takes up cases for the poor on a pro bono basis, Rashtriya Janata Dal chief Lalu Prasad Yadav told ANI that the lawyer had no dearth of money. Dubbing Jethmalani chacha, Lalu said that the lawyer never took a penny from him.
Importantly, after coming to the politics Arvind Kejriwal never remained poor and being as the chief minister of any of the state never gives you the right to use such irresponsible languages against the person who is also elected by the public’s consent. Everyone knows about Kejriwal’s politics which is all about only accusing others.
BJP earlier claimed and accused AAP and Arvind Kejriwal of using the money of Delhi taxpayers for personal vendetta and issues. BJP also alleged that in Jaitley defamation case too, Kejriwal is using the money of taxpayers.
Interestingly, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in 2015 filed a criminal defamation complaint against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Raghav Chadha, Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh and Deepak Bajpai over their comments over the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) controversy, seeking their prosecution for offences that entail a punishment of up to two years in jail. Later, he also filed civil defamation suit before the Delhi High Court in relation to the matter seeking Rs 10 crore in damages.