DDCA Row: Jethmalani to Represent Kejriwal


New Delhi: Former BJP member and senior counsel Ram Jethmalani will defend Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in the civil defamation case filed against Kejriwal by Union Finanance Minister Arun Jaitely in the DDCA case.

Kejriwal came to meet Jethmalani in the evening at around 8 pm and left around 8.30 pm, reports said. The move comes after Jaitley on Monday filed the case against Kejriwal and 5 other AAP leaders for false statements against him and his family members.

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Jaitley has sought Rs 10 crore in damages from the AAP leaders for tarnishing his image. Apart from Kejriwal, other AAP leaders who have been named in the suit are Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpayee.

Aam Admi Party on Sunday called for Jaitley’s resignation, alleging that the Union minister is involved in a “huge” scam and called for an impartial probe into the affairs of DDCA after BJP MP and former cricketer Kirti Azad released a 28-minute video, accusing the cricket body of massive financial irregularities, including granting contracts to ghost companies.

Azad, along with former India skipper Bishen Singh Bedi and cricketer Surinder Khanna, claimed that a ‘Wikileaks4India’ investigation has revealed that DDCA awarded contracts to fictitious companies. The sting operation alleged that 14 companies which got contracts from the DDCA were registered under fake addresses.

The video released has footage of a DDCA annual general meeting of 2011-12 that purportedly showed Azad questioning Jaitley, the then DDCA chief, and shows Jaitley defending DDCA office bearers who were being questioned by Azad.