New Delhi, April 4: There is furore over Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s rising legal bills. The Centre has now stepped in questioning Kejriwal over public money being reportedly spent for his fee in the defamation case. Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju on Tuesday tweeted, “Public money for defending Kejriwal ji !! Already too much money is being used to advertise him.” Rijiju’s tweet came after a Time Now report that Kejriwal had sent an official request to Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, urging him to clear the payment of Rs 3.86 crore to lawyer Ram Jethmalani.Also Read - Omicron: Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal Urges People Not To Panic Amid Growing Concern Over New Covid Variant
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal reportedly sent an official request to Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal, urging him to clear the payment of Rs 3.86 crore to lawyer Ram Jethmalani. As per the official document accessed by Times Now, the Delhi government urged the LG to provide immediate clearance of the bills sent by Jethmalani. Also Read - Crowd And Chaos at Terminal 3 Turning Delhi Airport Into 'Hotspot'? | Scary Pictures Emerge As Omicron Threat Looms
Times Now has accessed a document, which is the letter reportedly sent by the Kejriwal government to Baijal. “Payment of bills may be made as and when the bills are received from the Ld Counsel,” says the letter addressed to Baijal by Delhi Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, according to Times Now. AAP leader Bala Subramanian, speaking with Times Now, defended the Delhi government’s letter and accused the channel of ‘running a propaganda’ against AAP ahead of MCD elections in Delhi. He pointed out that the letter was sent to the LG on December 21, 2016, and questioned the channel over the timing of raking up the matter. Also Read - Delhi Nursery Schools Admission 2022-23 Big Update: Check All Important Updates Here
The payment sought in the letter by the Kejriwal government refers to the bills for Jethmalani defending Kejriwal in the defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Jaitley was accused by the Delhi Chief Minister of indulging in massive corruption during his tenure as the Delhi and District Cricket Administration (DDCA) chief between 1999-2013. Following this, Jaitley filed a defamation suit in December 2015 against Kejriwal, and other Aam Aadmi Party leaders including Ashutosh, Kumar Vishwas, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chaddha and Deepak Bajpai.
Jaitley had sought Rs 10 crores from Kejriwal, along with action for maligning his public image. The Delhi High Court has put Kejriwal, along with other AAP leaders on trial in the matter and the hearing is on.