December,22,2015: Noted lawyer Ram Jethmalani will defend Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal in the defamation suit filed by union finance minister Arun Jaitley in the Delhi High Court.
“He (Jethmalani) will appear for Kejriwal and other AAP leaders in the Delhi High Court,” a Government source said on Monday.
Jaitley on Monday filed the defamation suit against Kejriwal and sought Rs.10 crore in damages for accusing him of corruption when he headed Delhi’s cricket board.
Delhi Government has decided to set up a commission of inquiry to probe alleged irregularities including financial bunglings in the capital’s
cricket body DDCA. Senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam will head the commission.
On the other hand, the AAP government had earlier said today that attempts to “suppress” the enquiry into the affairs of the Delhi Cricket body would not be tolerated and said the Centre should not cause any impediments in the probe.
Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia earlier told reporters that Rajendra Kumar, principal secretary to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, had been “threatened” and “pressurised mentally” by the CBI that his career and life will be harmed if he did not disclose the name of DDCA official who handed over certain files to AAP government, as per PTI.
He claimed one of the files contained a note in which a Union Minister had purportedly told DDCA official that he would get compounded the SFIO crimes against them and stall a probe against them through Lt Governor’s office.
The questioning so far has shows that Rajendra was merely an “excuse” behind the CBI raid at Secretariat while the “real target” was Kejriwal, Sisodia claimed.
Saying that AAP government did not object to questioning of Rajendra, he warned that the government will not tolerate any attempt to “suppress” the DDCA enquiry.
In a letter of acceptance Subramaniam wrote to Kejriwal, the former solicitor-general said he would “accept” the assignment on the “understanding” that the purpose of the commission was “positive in content” and the government should be “benefited to take forward Cricket to better and higher levels”.
“It is only fair that I must mention that Shri Arun Jaitley whose name has figured in the news has been a valued and distinguished colleague of mine for almost 37 years,” he added.
Finally the Battle Lines are drawn in the keenly poise DDCA Defamation case. Kejriwal is flanked by stalwarts like Ram Jethmalani and Gopal Subramaniam while Arun Jaitley is a force unto himself in Law field.