Gujarat riots case: Jethmalani enters into spat with Jaiswal
New Delhi: The hearing on Gujarat riots
cases of 2002 in the Supreme Court on Wednesday saw a spat between
senior advocate Ram Jethmalani and the counsel appearing for
the opposite side.
The exchange of words between Jethmalani, appearing for
one of the accused in the Gulbarga Society riots case, and
advocate Kamini Jaiswal, representing one of the victims of
that riot, broke out when she claimed the veteran criminal
lawyer had once represented the NGO fighting for the victims
of the carnage.
She made the submission after Jethmalani said he had
fought the Lok Sabha election against the then Prime Minister
Atal Bihari Vajpayee only on the issue that the riot cases
have to be transferred outside Gujarat.
As soon as he completed his submission, Jaiswal said
"this place is not Parliament where you can change the stand
whenever you like. There is some ethics, you once appeared for
the NGO Centre for Justice and Peace".
This infuriated Jethamalani who shot back saying "you are
too small a person to talk like this".
A Bench headed by Justice D K Jain pacified the two
lawyers and said "you cannot argue like this in the court".
Jethmalani was appearing for one of the accused named
by Zakia Jafri, wife of slain Congress leader Ehsan Jafri, in
Gulberg Society riots case.
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