‘powerful PM, small CM’ of a small state
Ram Jethmalani, Arvind Kejriwal‘s lawyer has recently portrayed the criminal defamation dispute between the Delhi CM and the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley as an unequal fight between describing a ‘powerful PM, small CM’ of a small state.
Jethmalani has told the Supreme Court: ‘This has been a virtual fight between a powerful Prime Minister and a small Chief Minister of a small state. Please try to protect the chief minister of a state or his interests will be prejudiced.’
‘What kind of things are going on every one of us know,’ the veteran lawyer told the Bench.
But the SC was not impressed. ‘Sir, please we are supposed to further confine ourselves to the facts of this case,’ Justice UU Lalit – who was part of the Bench – told Jethmalani.
He proceeded to further reject Kejriwal’s plea on the basis of the case records before it. The Supreme Court has also dismissed a stay on the criminal defamation case, which was filed by Jaitley.
Jethmalani accused High Court
Jethmalani also told the Bench that ‘We know the kind of people appointed as High Court judges’.
However, the Bench chose to ignore Jethmalani and replied by politely saying, “We are not sitting in the collegiums. Please stick to what is in the records.”
In a setback to CM Kejriwal, the Supreme Court has also dismissed his SC trashes ‘powerful PM, small CM’ plea, which has sought a stay in the criminal defamation case filed against him by Jaitley.
‘We will not interfere with the High Court’s order. We see no merit,’ ruled the Bench.
Jaitley has filed civil and criminal defamation cases against Kejriwal and five others of the Aam Aadmi Party, in which he has accused him of corruption linked to Delhi’s cricket body DDCA, which he headed for 13 years until 2013.
In the civil suit, Jaitley has also demanded Rs 10 crore in damages.