The Gujarat Government had offered Rs 7.5 lakh per appearance to senior lawyer Mahesh Jethmalani, son former law minister Ram Jethmalani, as special public prosecutor in the Gujarat HC to oppose the anticipatory bail application of Mumbai-based activist Teesta Setalvad, her husband Javed Anand and three others, who are booked allegedly for siphoning off funds meant for the 2002 riots victims. Jethmalani is learnt to have refused the fee and volunteered to assist the state.
In a letter dated December 4, accessed by this newspaper, Jethmalani, has informed the principal secretary, home department “…I wish to inform you that I waive my appearance fee in the matter as also clerical charges of 10% on the total bill amount as also conference/drafting charges as per government norms…” However, he has asked the government to take care of his travelling and accommodation expenses. On November 13, the state legal department passed a resolution, stating that Jethmalani Junior will be given Rs 7.50 lakh per appearance. In January, the DCB, Ahmedabad, had registered an FIR against Setalvad and others for allegedly usurping Rs 1.51 crore meant for converting Gulberg Society into a riots museum, a project which was not materialised.