Ram Jethmalani reportedly said that if Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal cannot afford to pay his fee, he will not charge the politician to defend him in court.
The comment came after the controversy was raged by AAP government attempting to pay a 3.8 crore bill for the Politician’s lawyer accrued in a civil and criminal defamation case brought against Kejriwal by finance minister Arun Jaitley.
The case was filed in 2015 which claims that Arvind Kejriwal made an insubstantial allegation of corruption against the Finance Minister related to the period when he headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA).
Mr Kejriwal engaged a retinue of lawyers to represent him. Both the Finance Minister and he have appeared in court in connection with the case.
Mr Kejriwal’s deputy, Manish Sisodia, signed off on the legal bills and sent them for clearance to Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, who has sought the opinion of experts on how to proceed.
Jethmalani has reportedly sent bills for Rs 1 crore in retainership and Rs 22 lakh for each appearance in court to the Delhi Chief Minister.
AAP leaders claimed that Ram Jethmalani had initially offered to represent Mr Kejriwal free of cost against Mr Jaitley, but about nine months after taking the case, he started sending bills to the Chief Minister.
AAP says that the government should be paying the bill because the case is against the office of the Chief Minister and not an individual.