TN advocate general withdraws from lottery case in Kerala
Chennai: Tamil Nadu Advocate General P S
Raman, whose appearance in the lottery case in Kerala has
drawn its government`s ire, has recused himself from the case
following a request from Chief Minister M Karunanidhi.
This comes three days after Kerala Chief Minister V S
Achuthanandan`s conveyed to Karunanidhi his government`s "deep
concern and displeasure" over Raman`s appearance in the case.
In response to Achuthanandan`s letter on October 8,
Karunanidhi said he had the matter examined.
As advocate general of Tamil Nadu, Raman is debarred
from advising or holding briefs against the state of Tamil
Nadu or its instrumentalities, Karunanidhi said.
"The advocate general of Tamil Nadu (as in most other
states) is at liberty to have a practice that does not require
our prior permission," he said in a letter to Achuthanandan, a
copy of which was released to the media today.
"In the present case, Raman has appeared in his
capacity as senior counsel and not as advocate general of
Tamil Nadu. Therefore, there is no legal bar in his having
done so," he said.
"However, since you (Achuthanandan) have written to me
in this regard based on the state cabinet`s decision, I have
requested P S Raman to withdraw from the case," Karunanidhi
Raman has agreed to recuse himself from the lottery
case in deference to his request though legally or
constitutionally there is no bar, Karunanidhi said, adding, he
hoped this puts a closure to the matter.
Achuthanandan had said Raman`s appearance in the case
against the Kerala government`s stand on the lottery issue
amounted to violation of constitutional norms. He wanted
Karunanidhi to view Raman`s conduct seriously and examine the
matter and the constitutional issues involved.
His letter to Karunanidhi came in the wake of the
state cabinet deciding to take up the issue with the
Raman had appeared in the Kerala High Court on Monday
last for Megha distributors, promoters of Bhutan and Sikkim
lotteries, after Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi, who
earlier represented the dealer, withdrew following strong
protests from Congress in the state.
The lottery issue had kicked up a major controversy in
Kerala as Congress accused the LDF government of helping
promoters of other state lotteries who were allegedly
siphoning of huge amounts and evading tax.
The state government has said that it is up to the
Union government to curtail other state lotteries.
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