Coalgate: Eyebrows raised on Lalit`s appointment as CBI counsel
New Delhi: Eyebrows were raised on the appointment of senior advocate UU Lalit to appear for CBI in the Supreme Court in the Coalgate case with an allegation that it was a breach of professional ethics as he was engaged by a private party in coal block allocation matter.
"There is a conflict of interest as U U Lalit, senior advocate, had appeared on behalf of a mining company on November 19, 2012," advocate Prashant Bhushan, appearing for an, NGO Common Cause, told a bench headed by Justice RM Lodha.
Advocate Manohar Lal Sharma, who is also a PIL petitioner in the matter, also claimed there is a conflict of interest as Lalit has appeared in the coal matter for Bhushan Steels Ltd.
While the two advocates made the submission, Lalit preferred not to react and focused himself on the questions raised by the bench also comprising justices Madan B Lokur and Kurian Joseph.
Bhushan, who supplied a note on the matter, has put among other questions: can CBI engage a counsel who has been engaged by a private party in the same case?
Further, is it permissible for an advocate to be appearing for the accused and seek to advice the investigators, i.e. represent both sides? Is it not a breach of professional ethics?
Further, he raised the question: is a counsel not in breach of duty to the court if he misleads the court or suppresses the truth?
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- Panel discussion over PM Modi's willingness to engage in direct dialogue with Pak
- PM Modi slams Pakistan govt during his speech in Kozhikode
- EU warns Pakistan of political and economic sanctions over atrocities in Baloch
- Should Pakistani artists be restricted from working in India?
- Panel discussion over PM Modi's willingness to engage in direct dialogue with Pak - Part II
- SHOCKING VIDEO: This man was trying to take selfie with python - You won't believe what happened next!
- WATCH: Ravichandran Ashwin's magic ball that bamboozled Kane Williamson on Day 3
- Uri effect? India, Afghanistan bypass Pak to set up exclusive air corridor
- Govt calls meet on Indus Water Treaty; Water Resources Ministry, MEA to brief PM Modi
- Delhi government bans Chinese firecrackers for this Diwali