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By CT117-pressguna|Email the author|Jul 07,2013   (4635 views)
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Ram Jethmalani has often been surrounded by controversies for defending of high profile cases. He has a number of high profile defense cases to his credit as a lawyer (citation)., people involved in market scams (Harshad Mehta and Ketan Parekh), and a host of gangsters and smugglers including the British citizen Daisy Angus who was acquitted of hashish smuggling after serving 5 years in jail. He has also defended death sentence of Afzal Guru a Pakistani terrorist convicted for 2001 Indian Parliament attack. He also defended L.K Advani in Hawala Scam. Recently he was in the news for taking up the defense of Manu Sharma, prime accused in the Jessica Lall murder case, however, he failed to get Manu Sharma acquitted. He is now going to be defending Lalit Modi - former IPL Chairman and Commissioner.

-- | Defence of Rajiv Gandhi`s killers in Madras High Court in year 2011.
-- | Defence of Indira Gandhi`s killers
-- | Harshad Mehta`s defence in stock market scam
-- | Ketan Parekh`s defence in stock market scam
-- | Underworld don Haji Mastan
-- | Defended death sentence of Afzal Guru
-- | L K Advani`s defence in Hawala Scam
-- | Manu Sharma`s defence in Jessica Lall murder case
-- | Amit Shah`s (Gujarat`s former Minister of State for Home) defence in Sohrabuddin fake encounter case.
-- | Amit Jogi`s defence (son of Ajit Jogi) in the case of Ramavatar Jaggi murder case.
-- | Kanimozhi`s defence in Spectrum 2G case
-- | Y. S. Jaganmohan Reddy`s special leave petition on stay for CBI probe on money laundering in his companies.
-- | Yeddyurappa`s case on illegal mining scam.
-- | A. G. Perarivalan, T Suthendraraja alias Santhan and Sriharan alias Murugan - convicted in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
-- | Ramdev`s defence on use of force on the followers of Baba Ramdev at Ramlila gounds on June 4, 2011

However Ram Jethmalani is of the opinion that he is someone who thinks independently, who has not mortgaged his soul or intelligence to anybody. He says `I decide according to my conscience who to defend. A lawyer who refuses to defend a person on the grounds that people believe him to be guilty is himself guilty of professional misconduct.`

After he joined Bharatiya Janta Party in 2010, when he was asked why he had defended Afzal Guru against his death sentence when his party was in support of it, he replied that he had meant `that such indoctrinated elements (like Afzal) shouldn`t be allowed to die easily, but they should made to rot in jails.`
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