Terming his suspension from the BJP as “ultravires, Ram Jethmalani today mounted a fresh attack on the party leadership accusing Nitin Gadkari of treading on the path of suicide and dragging the party with him.
In a strongly worded letter to Gadkari, Jethmalani also alluded to the alleged role played by Arun Jaitley in the CBI Director appointment row.
“Your order of suspension is ultravires and usurpation of the power of the Parliamentary Board. Besides no situation had arisen in which you should have proceeded without speaking to me and complying with the ordinary decencies of a quasi-judicial office which you hold,” the suspended party MP said.
He maintained that he is “totally indifferent” to the step taken by Gadkari as his standing in the legal profession and in politics as well as the affection and respect that he enjoys from sections of the people of India does not depend on his membership of Parliament.
Making a scathing comment, Jethmalani said in his letter, “I am convinced that you are firmly set on the path of suicide and you are determined to drag the whole party with you. ‘Vinash kal vipreet buddhi (when one is set to be doomed he loses his mind)’ is an old maxim.”
He also said he suspects Gadkari is prejudiced against him and hence took this action of suspending him.
Levelling charges against other senior party leaders, Jethmalani has said Gadkari has suspended him on the advice of the Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Jaitley.
Jethmalani has also referred to the controversy over the appointment of Ranjit Sinha as the new CBI Director and alluded to the alleged role of Jaitley in the litigation filed by his rival and Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar.