20 October, 2020


Ram Jethmalani is probably India's finest criminal lawyer. He's also a public figure and three-time minister with a penchant for controversy.

  • Defends Indira Gandhi's assassins 'free of cost'
  • Teams up with Subramanian Swamy and Chandraswami to investigate Bofors, for which part of the funds come from the godman
  • Publishes 10 questions a day for PM Rajiv, prompting the 'let-barking-dogs-bark' riposte
  • Roughed up at Chandra Shekhar's house. He'd gone to convince him to support V.P. Singh as PM
  • As Harshad Mehta's lawyer, taunted Narasimha Rao for allegedly taking a bribe of Rs 1 crore
  • Appears for Advani in the Jain hawala case, and earns flak for representing an accused being prosecuted on the basis of a writ filed by a petitioner, who too had been advised by Jethmalani himself
  • Defends Jayalalitha before the Jain Commission
  • Launches broadside against Jaya, her "corrupt" ministers; she demands he be sacked as minister
  • Under fire for his decisions as urban development minister (1998) to re-allot prime land in Delhi worth Rs 350 crore to MS Shoes, "a defaulting allottee", and asking the DDA to implement his order denotifying 68 acres of real estate in the capital...


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