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Jaitley fumes at Jethmalani over ‘crook’ remark

NEW DELHI

The cross-examination of federal Finance Minister Arun Jaitley by senior advocate Ram Jethmalani in the Delhi High Court was interrupted on Wednesday after the minister objected to the use of the word ‘crook’ against him.

Jaitley, who was present in court in connection with the defamation case he filed against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders, furiously asked Jethmalani whether the word was used by him in his personal capacity or as per the instruction from Kejriwal.

“I will aggravate the charges against the defendants (Kejriwal)… There is a limit to personal malice,” Jaitley said.

Asked to clarify the source of the word ‘crook’, Jethmalani said the word has been used by him on instruction from his client (Kejriwal).

Senior counsels Rajiv Nayyar and Sandeep Sethi representing Jaitley objected to Jethmalani referring to the minister as being “guilty of crime and crookery”.

During the proceedings, Jethmalani and some lawyers defending the AAP leaders contended that Jaitley was not entitled to Rs100 million damages he has sought from Kejriwal and others.

In December 2015, Jaitley had filed a civil defamation case against Kejriwal and other AAP leaders in the case involving DDCA.

Indo-Asian News Service