Jethmalani issues 48-hr notice to Raj on Afzal Guru comment
Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani has sent a notice to MNS chief Raj Thackeray for saying that the senior advocate was representing Afzal Guru, who is awaiting his death sentence in the 2001 Parliament attack case. Sayli Udas Mankikar reports.india Updated: Apr 27, 2009 01:30 IST
Rajya Sabha MP Ram Jethmalani has sent a notice to MNS chief Raj Thackeray for saying that the senior advocate was representing Afzal Guru, who is awaiting his death sentence in the 2001 Parliament attack case.
Thackeray had, in a rally, criticised the Bharatiya Janata Party for fielding Mahesh, the lawyer’s son, from Mumbai North Central in the Lok Sabha elections, stressing on his father taking up the brief for Guru.
Jethmalani has asked Thackeray to issue an unconditional apology within 48 hours, failing which he would launch prosecution proceedings against the MNS leader.
The notice says that Thackeray had, on more than one occasion, made public statements saying Jethmalani was Guru’s lawyer.
“If you had some sense of responsibility, you could have found out who was Afzal’s lawyer…you should also be informed that his mercy petition, pending with the Honourable President, is based on the plea that he was not represented by a lawyer in any of the courts,” the notice reads. “I am surprised that the Congress-NCP government has not detained you as a threat to public order.”
Thackeray said he does not make statements without proof.
“I have statements and case papers of the case. Sayyed Gilani, Shaukat Guru and Mohammed Afzal were accused in the case, and Jethmalani was standing on behalf of Gilani. Since the cases of all three were together, he was in defence of the case,” he said at a rally in Thane on Sunday.