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Delhi government can’t pay lawyer for CM Arvind Kejriwal: Additional solicitor general

According To India Vote Kar
Public money cannot be used to defend chief minister Arvind Kejriwal for statements made in his personal capacity against Union minister Arun Jaitley, a senior law officer has said in an advice given to lieutenant governor Anil Baijal. The legal opinion was given in response to several queries by the LG on whether statements by Kejriwal against Jaitley were in his official capacity and whether a special lawyer should be provided to the CM at the expense of the state exchequer.

Replying to both queries in the ‘negative’, additional solicitor general (ASG) Sanjay Jain has said the statements made by Kejriwal on his personal Twitter account “have no connection” with his official or public duties and were “distinctly in his individual or personal capacity”.

The ASG said that under the Constitution, “it is impermissible to use public money for a private purpose”, and since Kejriwal was being sued in his individual capacity, “public money cannot be used to defend the chief minister for his statements made in his personal capacity”. He has advised the LG to not approve the proposal for appointment of senior advocate Ram Jethmalani to defend Kejriwal and pay the lawyer out of the government coffers.

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