New Delhi: The Supreme Court today stayed the
Allahabad High Court order asking the Uttar Pradesh government
to extend the tenure of an advocate who was not granted
extension to continue as District Government Counsel (DGC).
A Bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and
Justice B S Chauhan also issued a notice to the advocate on
whose petition the High Court had passed the order.
The apex court allowed the plea of the state government
for interim stay on the High Court order which had asked the
authorities to appoint the advocate as DGC till he attains the
age of 60 years.
Solicitor General Gopal Subramanium, appearing for the
state government, criticised the order of the High Court and
the attitude of advocate Ashok Kumar Nigam who challenged the
decision for not extending his tenure.
"Lawyers are supposed to put in their papers if they get
the slightest of hints that the client did not want him,"
Subramanium told the Bench.