After Gadkari, Jethmalani now targets Jaitley, Sushma



After Gadkari, Jethmalani now targets Jaitley, Sushma Zeenews Bureau

New Delhi: Firing a fresh salvo at the top BJP leadership, Supreme Court lawyer and senior party leader Ram Jethmalani has hit out at Leaders of Opposition in Parliament Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj.

In a letter written to BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Monday contents of which came to light on Tuesday, Jethmalani hit out at Swaraj and Jaitley for their role in the CBI director appointment row.

Jethmalani, who was the first leader to publicly seek Gadkari's resignation for the controversy related to alleged financial wrongdoings of a company linked to him, had last Saturday took pot shots at Swaraj and Jaitley over their letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking appointment of new director of CBI through a collegium.

The Supreme Court lawyer said the advocates of Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar, who was a rival to new CBI director and senior IPS officer Ranjit Sinha, were Jaitley’s juniors.

Jethmalani also continued his attack against Gadkari in his latest letter, accusing the BJP chief of placing the party on the path of suicide.

“You are determined to drag down the party along with yourself,” the Rajya Sabha MP reportedly wrote.

Jethmalani’s fresh attack against party leaders came even as the BJP’s parliamentary board appears to be preparing to expel him from the party.

The parliamentary board had on Sunday suspended the Rajya Sabha MP from party’s primary membership and issued a showcause notice yesterday.

In its showcause notice, the BJP had asked Jethmalani to explain why he should not be expelled from the party for six years.

"The parliamentary board discussed the anti-party actions of Mr Ram Jethmalani. The parliamentary party found appropriate the decision of party president Nitin Gadkari to suspend Jethmalani for his indiscipline and anti-party activities," BJP leader Ananth Kumar told reporters after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board yesterday.

Party sources said a reason for Jethmalani being given time to explain his statements could be his role in handling matters of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi concerning the 2002 riots.