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Ram Jethmalani to treat Arvind Kejriwal as a 'poor client'
Arvind Kejriwal had generated a lot of controversy by seeking L-G Anil Baijal's approval to pay for the legal expenses in the defamation case he is facing. The bill reportedly ran into crores of rupees.

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal is being represented by Ram Jethmalani, one of the most expensive lawyers in the country.

But Jethmalani has now said that in case Arvind Kejriwal is not capable of paying his fees, he is ready to represent him in the court for free.

In December, Deputy CM Manish Sisodia had asked the law department of Delhi government to release the appearance fee to Jethmalani but Delhi government's law department had said that the bills could not be cleared without the L-G's nod.

Jethmalani told ANI on Tuesday that he charges fees from only the rich clients and not the poor ones and is now going to treat Kejriwal as one of his poor clients and appear for him free.

"I charge only the rich but for the poor, I work for free. All this is instigated by (Arun) Jailtley who's afraid of my cross-examination. Even now, if the government (Delhi) doesn't pay or he can't pay, I will appear for free, will treat him (Kejriwal) as one of my poor clients," Jethmalani said.

As per various reports, Jethmalani's office had sought a retainer fee of Rs 1 crore and had demanded Rs 22 lakh per appearance in court.

Jethmalani's treating Kejriwal as a poor client might have other implications as well, since Jaitley and Jethmalani are bitter arch-rivals.

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