Delhi High Court on Wednesday asked Delhi chief minister if the latter had lied in court while denying he ever instructed Ram Jethmalani on addressing Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as a ‘crook.’
In his notice issued to Delhi chief minister, Justice Manmohan asked him to respond to Jaitley’s application within four weeks. It was in response to Jaitley’s plea that Kejriwal wasn’t honest in his affidavit, where he denied that he instructed Jethmalani to use the word ‘crook’ for the finance minister.
Jathmalani, who is no longer the lawyer for Kejriwal, had written to Kejriwal in July alleging that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief “used worse abuses” than ‘crook’ for the Union Finance Minister.
Jethmalani, who had recently resigned as Kejriwal’s lawyer in Rs 10 crore defamation case by Jaitley, said that he had instructed him to use derogatory words against the latter during cross-examination.
In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a civil defamation suit against Kejriwal and AAP leaders Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee, claiming that they made “false and defamatory” statements in the case involving the DDCA, thereby harming his reputation.
A fresh Rs 10 crore defamation suit was also filed by Jaitley against Kejriwal over his lawyer Jethmalani using the word “crook” during cross-examination of the previous defamation suit.
Jaitley, in the second civil defamation suit against Kejriwal, claimed the objectionable words caused him “permanent harm and disrepute”.
He said the matter would be heard next on December 11.