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Veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani, who recently quit as the legal counsel in Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's defamation case against Arun Jaitley, has made fresh accusations against his former client.
In an explosive letter addressed to Kejriwal, the advocate has revealed that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief "used worse abuses" than 'crook' for the Union Finance Minister.
The 93-year-old Jethmalani alleged that the Delhi Chief Minister had instructed him to use derogatory words against Jaitley.
"When Arun Jaitley filed the first suit and criminal case, you naturally sought my services. Ask your (Kejriwal) conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere 'crook'. You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson," the lawyer said in a letter that he wrote to Kejriwal on July 20, a copy of which was uploaded on his blog.
On 26 July, Jethmalani announced that he had quit as the lawyer of Arvind Kejriwal in the civil defamation suits filed by Jaitley, and accused the Delhi CM of blatantly lying to him.
"The reason behind it is he (Kejriwal) has spoken a lie. He has gone and said that I have not given any instructions, but fact is he did and I have them recorded. I'm not disappointed at all; I did all that I could do. If he does not pay me I don't mind, because I have fought for many for free. It does not make a difference if I lose one," Jethmalani said.
Earlier on July 22, amid an ongoing tense round of cross-questioning between Jaitley and Jethmalani, the former had expressed his disappointment at being referred to as a 'crook' by the veteran lawyer, in his defamation case against Kejriwal.
Baffled by the 'abuse' hurled at him, Jaitley demanded a clarification from the senior counsel, to which Jethmalani clarified that the term was used under the instructions of Kejriwal.
Jaitley also alleged that he was asked scandalous questions and attempts were made to delay the proceedings in the Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit, which he had filed against Kejriwal and five Aam Aadmi Party leaders in 2015 in DDCA matter.
The Chief Minister, however, clarified in the Delhi High Court that he had not asked Jethmalani to use derogatory and objectionable words against Jaitley.
In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, claiming that they made "false and defamatory" statements in the case involving the Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) thereby harming his reputation.