Will reply to notice if worthwhile: Jethmalani

Last Updated: Wed, Nov 28, 2012 02:57 hrs

New Delhi: Suspended leader Ram Jethmalani continued attacking the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday and said he will give a reply to the show-cause notice issued against him by the party in case it has 'something worthwhile'.

Jethmalani said he has not received the notice so far.

"I have not received the notice from the BJP yet. Without reading it I cannot say what my response will be. In case there is something worthwhile in the notice then I am going to give a reply. Else, I will tear it up and throw it," Jethmalani told reporters.

He said: "I have written to Nitin Gadkari (BJP president) saying that I am busy, if you want to be fair then give me time till December end."

The BJP on Monday issued a show-cause notice to Jethmalani after a meeting of the party's parliamentary board.

The BJP issued the show-cause notice to the 86-year-old lawyer-turned-politician for allegedly breaking the party discipline.

BJP leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Tuesday said he does not think that Jethmalani deserved a reply from them on his recent letter to the party on appointment of a CBI director by the government and other issues.

"I do not think he deserves a reply," said Jaitley after Ram Jethmalani criticized leaders Arun Jaitley and Sushma Swaraj for opposing appointment of the new CBI director Ranjit Sinha .

Jethmalani said he was never consulted on the Lokpal Bill by the two leaders and went on to add that tainted president Nitin Gadkari will bring down the party.

Jethmalani earlier said Shatrughan Sinha, who is also vocal about removal of Gadkari, should not be punished by BJP because he has not done anything like he has done.

"I do not think he has done anything like I have done," he said, adding that Sinha should not be punished. Sinha has also endorsed the government move on the appointment of the new CBI chief.

On Sunday, the party suspended Jethmalani after he had taken on the party over the issue of the appointment of the new CBI chief, writing a letter to BJP president Nitin Gadkari and saying the government's decision had averted a "national calamity".

Speaking to reporters on Sunday, BJP spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain said, "Jethmalani's statement was in favour of Congress...party sees Jethmalani's letter on new CBI director as indiscipline."

Jethmalani had earlier this month revolted openly against the party leadership saying Gadkari must step down as the president of the outfit till a probe into the corruption charges against him cleared him.

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