New Delhi, Feb 16: In a major embarrassment, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s lawyer Anoop George Chaudhary on Friday refused to appear in a defamation case filed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader. In a letter to Instructing Counsel Anupam Srivastav, Chaudhary said that he was inadequately briefed in the case filed by Jaitley. He added that his inadequate briefing led to an “embarrassing situation” in the Supreme Court on February 12.
“This is to inform you that I shall no longer be able to appear for Defendant no. 1 Arvind Kejriwal and am withdrawing from the case due to inadequate briefing which resulted in an embarrassing situation before Justice Endlaw on 12th of February,” stated the letter.
This is not the first instance when a lawyer has refused to appear for Arvind Kejriwal. Earlier, veteran lawyer Ram Jethmalani withdrew his services after the Delhi CM allegedly instructed him to use the word “crook” for Arun Jaitley.
In a letter written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, senior lawyer Ram Jethmalani also accused Kejriwal of using worse words than ‘crook’ for Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during conversations with him. In the letter posted online on his blog, Jethmalani had written, “When Arun Jaitley filed the first suit and criminal case, you naturally sought my services. Ask your conscience how many times you used worse abuses than a mere ‘crook’. You have hundred times asked me to teach this crook a lesson.”
On May 17 last year, the recording of Jaitley’s statement in a Rs 10 crore civil defamation suit, filed by him against Kejriwal and other AAP functionaries, witnessed high drama as the Union minister objected to the use of a word against him by the veteran lawyer representing the chief minister. When the Finance Minister asked Jethmalani whether the word was used as per instructions from Kejriwal, he replied in affirmative.