Bofors: Advocate interested in cheap publicity, says court
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 2011, 22:42
New Delhi: He is interested in getting "cheap publicity" and has "wasted" precious judicial hours, a Delhi Court on Friday said about lawyer Ajay Agrawal who has been pursuing Bofors payoff case for years in various courts.

"Agrawal is interested in attaining cheap publicity by going to mediapersons after every date of hearing and playing trumpet of corruption in this case by public servants, contrary to the judgments already passed by Delhi High Court by supplementing his own views about the case," Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Vinod Yadav said.

The judge, while making the remarks against the advocate, said "this court during the course of hearing, on various dates noticed that on the succeeding day of each date of hearing, there would be newspaper reports about the arguments advanced in court by Agarwal and some of the reports were even sensational, wherefrom it can be reasonably deduced that Agarwal is interested in attaining cheap publicity".

The CMM said it was "depressing" to note that on account of such proceedings before this court, "innumerable days were wasted" , a time that otherwise could have been spent for the disposal of cases of genuine litigants.

The court, which also questioned the bonafide of Agrawal in pursuing the case, said "Agrawal's only interest in this opposition appears to be curiosity, obtaining the glare of public and publicity, which are not valid grounds to have ‘locus-standi’.

At the same time, the court had a word of praise for the lawyer as it said "this court is really thankful to Agrawal for rendering valuable assistance to this court in taking this court through the evidence collected by the investigating agency."

The court also made remarks against Agrawal for placing uncertified documents relating to the case and did not give clear answer about the source who made them available to him.

"There is another interesting aspect in the matter. In this case, Agrawal passed on copies of several bundle of documents relating to this case, which were not certified copies of the original record from the court. This court made a pointed query to him to disclose the source of receipt of those documents, to which Agrawal stated that somebody from the office of CBI had left those documents at his office.

"Although, no issue on this point was joined by CBI but this clearly shows that an attempt on the part of Agrawal was made to have the possession of official documents without following the process of law," the court said.


First Published: Friday, March 04, 2011, 22:42

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