Jethmalani accuses Kejriwal of lying in defamation case, quits as his lawyer

Arun jaitley Ram Jethmalani and Arvind Kejriwal

However, on Kejriwal's denial of never instructing Jethmalani to use objectional words against Arun Jaitley during a hearing of case on May 17, Jethmalani accused Kejriwal of lying.

The cross-examination of Jaitley, scheduled for July 28, has been adjourned for four weeks to allow the new lawyer to go through the documents, said the court.

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. Jethmalani wrote in the letter that Kejriwal had in fact used more offensive languages against Jaitley in the private meetings.

Jaitley's application also contends that Kejriwal's intention is to delay the conclusion of recording of evidence by posing irrelevant questions, which are created to be insulting and annoying. The senior advocate also claimed that he has asked the Delhi CM to settle his pending fees, which roughly amounts to Rs 2 crores.

In his affidavit on Tuesday, Kejriwal also asked Jethmalani to deny that he had authorised the use of "objectionable word" against Jaitley, according to NDTV.

During the hearing, objection was raised that words like "crook" and "guilty of crime" have been used for the plaintiff during cross-examination.

In April, Ram Jethmalani offered to fight the defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal pro bono.

In December 2015, Jaitley filed a civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and 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 DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.

The move comes after the Chief Minister categorically denied telling Jethmalani to use the word "crook" in front of the Joint Registrar during the proceedings in the Delhi High court.

The top lawyer said this after a controversy was courted when Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia directed the General Administration Department to clear the bills totalling around Rs 3 crore to Jethmalani. He should release letter which I sent to him.

"With due respect it is submitted that neither Kejriwal nor the counsel briefing the senior counsel Jethmalani gave instructions to the senior counsel to use the objectionable words on May 17, 2017", Kejriwal informed Justice Manmohan through an affidavit.

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