Soli Sorabjee: Kejriwal should pay Jethmalani’s bill in defamation case
New Delhi, April 4: Former attorney general of India, Soli Sorabjee on Tuesday said that for defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, the latter should pay the charges of his personal legal battel and not through the tax payers money.
Sorabjee had said, "It is a civil suit. Kejriwal has to pay on his own. How does the Delhi government come into the picture?" He added, "Delhi's taxpayer money can't be used, Kejriwal in his individual capacity has to pay the bill."
Sorabjee was also of the opinion that the case has been filed against Kejriwal and not against the CM of Delhi. BJP too has attacked Kejriwal for wanting to use citizens' money to pay his legal bills for a private defamation case.
Delhi Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had sent a note to the Delhi law department seeking release of fees for lawyer Ram Jethmalani for appearing in the defamation case for Delhi CM.
Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal had sought guidance of Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar in clearing the bills of Jethmalani. The law department had told Sisodia that LG's permission was required for clearing Jethmalani's Rs 3.8 crore bill.
Meanwhile, Jethmalani had said that he will fight the case Kejriwal for free considering him as one of his poor client if Delhi CM or Delhi government is not able to pay his fees.