Vastavam Web: Lawyer Ram Jethmalani 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. His offer comes after a controversy was triggered by Mr Kejriwal’s government attempting to pay a 3.8 crore bill for the politician’s lawyer accrued in a civil and criminal defamation case brought against him by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. “I will certainly defend him even if he can’t pay, but he said ‘no, I want to pay, send us the bills’, so I have sent bills. If it is incumbent on me to support him and his livelihood I will support him, because he is a clean force as opposed to Arun Jaitley,” said Mr Jethmalani, who is 93 and was expelled by the Finance Minister’s party, the BJP, four years ago.
The case against Mr Kejriwal was filed in 2015 and accuses him of making unsubstantiated allegations of corruption against the Finance Minister related to the period when he headed the Delhi and District Cricket Association or DDCA, the main cricket administration body for Delhi and its surrounding areas.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.