Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia on Thursday said that he did not have any intimation about lawyer Ram Jethmalani's letter asking AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal to settle his fee amounting to over Rs. 2 crore in defamation cases filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley inquired if his client Kejriwal had asked him to use such a word for him, to which, Jethmalani answered in affirmative.
They had accused the BJP leader of corruption as the President of the DDCA, a post he had held from 2000 to 2013.
The high court had on May 23 sought the response of Kejriwal on why defamation proceedings should not be initiated against him.
Earlier in the day, the HC told Arvind Kejriwal not to put scandalous questions while cross-examination of finance minister Arun Jaitley.
Summary: "I have never seen such scandalous words being used in any suit and it is uncalled for". "No person who has invoked the jurisdiction of this court can be subjected to offensive, scandalous and/or abusive language in the garb of cross-examination", the judge said.
"You are using words such as crook". Does it fall on free speech? If we can not control constitutional authorities like you, the public will come and say you allow them to make such statements.
Jaitley will appear before the court to be examined on August 28. He had also objected to the use of a certain word against him by Jethmalani.
The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief also said that he has written a letter to Jethmalani to refute his claim that objectionable words were used in the proceedings before the Joint Registrar on May 17 as per his instructions. ".it's all on record".
Jethmalani also said that he wasn't "disappointed" with Kejriwal.
Furthermore, while giving out the reason for quitting he said that "Kejriwal had "lied" that he did not give him instructions on the case, but the fact was that he did". However, while speaking to the media, Jethmalani said, "Nahi dega, toh nahi dega (If he doesn't pay, he doesn't pay), I work for thousands of people for free".
His application sought directions to expedite the recording of evidence in a time bound, fair, dignified and bonafide manner in the ongoing civil defamation case for Rs. 10 crore against Kejriwal.