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May 18, 2017

Jaitley Loses Cool As Kejriwal’s Counsel Uses “Scandalous” Word Against Him In Delhi HC


Arun Jaitley, Ram Jethmalani

On May 17, during a charged-up hearing in the Delhi High Court, Union Minister Arun Jaitley lost his temper when Ram Jethmalani, counsel for Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, used a scandalous word to describe him.

In the court, Jaitley was present for the fourth round of cross-examination along with the lawyer Jethmalani in his defamation case against Kejriwal, but the proceedings ended abruptly after an intense verbal duel broke out between the once close legal associates.

The recording of Jaitley’s statement in a civil defamation suit of Rs 10 crore filed by him against Kejriwal and other AAP functionaries could not continue as Jaitley objected on the use of an abusive word hurled at him by Jethmalani.

Before Joint Registrar Deepali Sharma, Jaitley lost his cool and questioned Jethmalani whether the word was used as per instructions from Kejriwal. Jaitley said that “If this is so, I would aggravate the charges against the defendant [Kejriwal].”

Further, Jaitley said that the senior counsel should clarify if he had made such comment in his personal capacity. Jethmalani replied by saying that the said word had been used by him on instructions from his client (Kejriwal).

However, Anupam Srivastav, advocate on record for Kejriwal, since the beginning of the suit, submitted that he had no instructions on the use of the word. Jethmalani said that in a suit for defamation, the personal character of the plaintiff was extremely important.

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