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.
The move by Baijal comes after the Law Department of Delhi Government, responding to a note by Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, said that LG’s permission for clearing the bills was necessary.
In December, Sisodia had asked for releasing appearance fee to noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani who has been fighting defamation case slapped against Kejriwal by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, sources said.
ethmalani, who is defending Kejriwal in both a criminal and a civil defamation case filed by Jaitley, has reportedly sent bills for Rs. 1 crore in retainership and Rs. 22 lakh for each appearance in court to the Delhi Chief Minister.
This came in sharp contrast of earlier reports, that suggested that Jethmalani was expected to charge Kejriwal jusr Rs 1 as his fee.
The amount of pending dues to the noted lawyer is around Rs 3 crore and the Law Department had opined that why Delhi Government should foot the bills when the case is not related to the city administration.