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Court says “waste of time” to plea seeking ban on payment to Ram Jethmalani

The Delhi High Court has dismissed a plea seeking to restrain the AAP government in Delhi from using public money to pay the legal fees of Rs 1.22 crore to leading lawyer Ram Jethmalani. The court said that the issue is already pending with the Lieutenant Governor, and as such, it would be a “waste of court’s time” to entertain the plea. The decision was announced by a bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice Anu Malhotra. “If the authorities concerned are not taking any action against the issue raised by you, then you can move the court. The LG is already seized of the issue. Therefore, there is no need of interference by this court,” the bench said.

The petition was filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava. It may be recalled that Ram Jethmalani was defending AAP Chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in a defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. The defamation case was filed by Jaitley in his personal capacity and seeks to get a compensation of Rs 10 crore from Kejriwal. However, Kejriwal tried to use public funds to pay for the fees of Ram Jethmalani. The issue is currently pending with the Lieutenant Governor.

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