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Senior advocate Ram Jethmalani has quit as the legal counsel for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and has submitted a bill of more than Rs 2 crore to Kejriwal.
According to reports, Jethmalani quit the case after Kejriwal denied using derogatory language against Jaitley during briefings about the case.
In a court appearance on May 17, Jethmalani had used an offensive word regarding Jaitley, amounting to accusing Jaitley of being a criminal to which Jaitley asked if the words were used on the instructions of Kejriwal. When the advocate replied in the affirmative, Jaitley filed another Rs 10 crore defamation suit against the CM.
Responding to the fresh defamation suit, Kejriwal filed an affidavit in the Delhi high court and denied giving instructions for the use of derogatory language. In Jethmalani's letter to the CM, he accused Kejriwal of using even more derogatory language against Jaitley than the counsel had used in the court.
In addition, Jethmalani has asked Kejriwal to pay off his legal fees, which amount to the range of more than Rs 2 crore. So far the Delhi government has cleared a payment of Rs 3.5 crore to Jethmalani as he charges Rs 1 crore as a retainer and Rs 22 lakh for each court appearance.