Ram Jethmalani retires from legal practice, 'fight against corrupt people' to continue
Source :NewsBharati   Date :10-Sep-2017
New Delhi, September 10: Noted jurist Ram Jethmalani today alleged that the present NDA government has “let down” the nation like the previous UPA dispensation.

Noted jurist Ram Jethmalani, 94, has announced his retirement from over seven-decade-long career as an advocate.

Announcing his retirement, Jethmalani, who was Law Minister in NDA govt headed by A B Vajpayee lambasted upon the previous and the current governments saying both have let down the nation very badly.

“It is the duty of the members of the bar and all good citizens to rise to this great calamity,” he said, adding that they should do their best to see that those in positions of power are shown the exit door as soon as possible.

“I want to do some important work in my life. I want to save India from corrupt politicians. I will be ready for legal assistance to any lawyer who comes to me, I want to fight against corrupt people”, Jethmalani told LiveLaw.

He was speaking at a function organised by apex bar body, the Bar Council of India, to felicitate new Chief Justice of India Justice Dipak Misra.

“I am here just to tell you I am retiring from the profession but I am taking on a new role as long as I am alive. I wish to combat the corrupt politicians that have been brought into the position of power and I hope the condition of India will take good shape,” Jethmalani said.

Earlier this week, Jethmalani had informed the Supreme Court, while mentioning a service matter to Justice Kurian Joseph, that it was his last case and he would not take up any more legal case. Jethmalani, Rajya Sabha member from Bihar, is known as one of the highest paid lawyers in the Apex Court.

Jethmalani has a number of high-profile defence cases to his credit as a lawyer – people involved in market scams (Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh), and a host of gangsters and smugglers including the British citizen Daisy Angus who was acquitted of hashish smuggling after serving five years in jail.

Jethmalani defended L. K. Advani in the Hawala scam. He was in the news for taking up the defence of Manu Sharma, prime accused in the Jessica Lall murder case; however, he failed to get Manu Sharma acquitted.

Recently, Jethmalani quit as Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s lawyer in the defamation cases filed against him by Union minister Arun Jaitley, according to media reports. Media reports say that Jethmalani has asked Kejriwal to settle his legal bills, amounting to more than Rs 2 crore.

Here is the list of Jethmalani's high profile cases:
  • Defence of Rajiv Gandhi's killers in Madras High Court in 2011
  • Defended Indira Gandhi's killers, and challenged the medical evidence (PMR) given by T D Dogra on Indira Gandhi.
  • Harshad Mehta's defence in stock market scam
  • Ketan Parekh's defence in stock market scam
  • Underworld don Haji Mastan
  • Defended death sentence of Afzal Guru (Jethmalani in his interview with Rajat Sharma in August 2013 said that he never took up the case of Afzal Guru)
  • L K Advani's defence in Hawala Scam
  • Manu Sharma's defence in Jessica Lall murder case
  • Amit Shah's (Gujarat's former Minister of State for Home) defence in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
  • Amit Jogi's defence (son of Ajit Jogi) in the case of Jaggi murder
  • Sanjay Chandra bail in Supreme Court in 2G scam
  • Kulbhushan Parashar Bail in Navy War Room leak case
  • Kanimozhi's defence in Spectrum 2G case
  • Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy's special leave petition on stay for CBI probe on money laundering in his companies
  • Yeddyurappa's case on illegal mining scam
  • A. G. Perarivalan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan and Sriharan alias Murugan – convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case
  • Ramdev's defence on use of force on the followers of Baba Ramdev at Ramlila grounds on 4 June 2011
  • Shiv Sena's defence in CPI MLA Krishna Desai murder case
  • Asaram Bapu's defence in Jodhpur sexual assault case
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav's defence in The Supreme Court of India bail was convicted in the fodder scam case on 13 December 2013.
  • Subrata Roy in Sahara-SEBI case
  • AIADMK leader Jayalalithaa, who has been convicted in the disproportionate assets case, in the Karnataka High Court
  • AAP Chief Arvind Kejriwal in defamation case filed by Arun Jaitley (Left recently)