Delhi government on Tuesday defended its decision to pay the court fees of Rs 3.8 crore fees to noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani.
Speaking to media, Delhi’s deputy chief minister, Manish Sisodia said, “There was a rampant corruption in Delhi District Cricket Association. The state government was probing the corruption to save cricket… It wasn’t a matter relating to Arvind Kejriwal’s land. It wasn’t Kejriwal’s personal matter. People who filed the case were those involved in corruption. In such case, the lawyer’s fee has to be paid by the government.”
Sisodia also questioned the timing of the controversy because of the embarrassment faced the by the Centre’s BJP government in light of alleged EVM fraud.
He said, “The matter has been going on for last year and half, but they’ve only chosen to make an issue now. Why? That’s because they find themselves caught amidst EVM scam. They’ve just won the Uttar Pradesh elections by EVM fraud. So this is just a diversionary tactics.”
Meanwhile, amidst raging controversy, lawyer Ram Jethmalani on Tuesday said that he will not charge Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal if he could not afford his fees.
He told news agency ANI, “Will work for free if Kejriwal cannot pay my fees.”
The noted lawyer later told Aaj Tak that it was in the interest of the country that Kejriwal ‘must be supported.’
He said, “Jaitley has been a disaster for the nation just like Chidambaram. Chidambaram’s past has caught up with him. Soon Jaitley’s deeds will catch up with him too.”
The news came after Lt Governor Anil Baijal reportedly sought Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar’s advice in clearing bills of the top lawyer, who has been fighting for Kejriwal in a defamation case in a city court.