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Ram Jethmalani quits as Arvind Kejriwal’s counsel, sends Rs 2 crore bill

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New Delhi: Not only has Ram Jethmalani quit as Arvind Kejriwal’s counsel, the senior Supreme Court lawyer has asked the Delhi Chief Minister to settle his legal fee of over Rs 2 crore.

Jethmalani was representing Kejriwal in civil and criminal defamation cases brought against him and five other leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The finance minister sued the Delhi chief minister after he accused the former of corruption during his term as head of the Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA).

Jethmalani quit on Tuesday after claiming that Kejriwal had instructed him to use derogatory language against Jaitley in court, and accusing the chief minister of using even worse language against the finance minister in private discussions, The Times of India reported today.

The reason for the fallout goes back to legal proceedings in the Delhi High Court on May 17, when Jethmalani described Jaitley as a “crook” in court. When Jaitley asked Jethmalani if his client had instructed him to use such language, the lawyer replied in the affirmative. Jaitley then said that he would seek yet another Rs 10 crore in damages from Kejriwal alone.

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