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AORs to blackball Abhishek Manu Singhvi SC practice over scandal


The Supreme Court Advocates on Record Association (SCAORA) has requested advocates-on-record (AORs) to blacklist senior counsel Abhishek Manu Singhvi on Wednesday, after the politician’s involvement in a “disquieting … incident”.

The SCAORA in a general body meeting (GBM) on Wednesday recommended that AORs and SCAORA members in particular should refrain from briefing Singhvi in any matter. SCAORA president Sushil Kumar Jain did not vote in favour of the resolution resolution.

The resolution condemned “the incident pertaining to Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi which is now in the public domain” and added that “the incidents that have occurred thereafter have caused a disquiet among members of legal fraternity”, according to a number of publications.

The resolution was ratified by SCAORA’s executive committee yesterday and was to be sent to disciplinary bodies – Bar Council of India (BCI), and Bar Council of Delhi, besides the Chief Justice of India and the Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court. A copy of the resolution has been uploaded by legal website Bar & Bench.

Outside the resolution, it was proposed to disrobe Singhvi of his senior gown if charges of professional misconduct were proved against him, according to the Daily Pioneer.

The paper added that the Singhvi matter was not in the official agenda of Wednesday’s meeting but that it was taken up orally by the executive committee at the GBM after the request of an SCAORA member.

Order 4 Rule 2(b)(ii) of the Supreme Court Rules 1966 prohibits a designated senior from appearing in the Supreme Court without an AOR. Rule 6(b) of Order 4 forbids any advocate other than an AOR to file an appearance and act for a party in the Supreme Court. [Read in-depth analysis of and interview on the AOR system]

Advocate Balraj Malik had challenged these rules last year as being unconstitutional for unfairly monopolising Supreme Court practice in favour of Advocates on Record. The Delhi high court dismissed Malik’s petition on 13 February 2012.

Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) president PH Parekh told Legally India yesterday that the SCBA had not passed such a resolution, contradicting a Press Trust of India (PTI) report that the SCBA had passed a resolution on Wednesday censuring Singhvi.

However, the Pioneer noted that the SCBA was “contemplating to pass a resolution”.

Last month Abhishek Manu Singhvi was allegedly captured on video involved in “sexual acts” which was circulated widely but which Singhvi’s driver Mukesh Lal had later admitted to forging. The Delhi High Court had issued an injunction against publication of the CD by three media houses, on 16 April 2012. A number of papers reported that the court had later passed a permanent John Doe injunction against publication by anyone, although Legally India was not able to obtain that court order.

Delhi High Court chief justice AK Sikri’s bench had dismissed an advocate’s petition seeking direction to the Bar Council of Delhi and the Delhi Bar Association to investigate the CD controversy, and Singhvi’s dropping of his FIR against Lal in an out of court settlement.

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Like +7 Object -0 Observer 04 May 12, 16:38  interesting
Seems to be politically motivated decision. I haven't heard the SCAORA blacklisting any Senior Counsel for non-appearance even after taking a hefty fees. Neither did the SCAORA refuse to appear before Justice Katju when he humiliated counsels in court. Why this moral policing then. Even if we dont approve of someone's behaviour in his/her personal life, doesn't make him a good or bad lawyer and nobody can take away Dr. Singhvi's great legal prowess.
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Like +0 Object -0 Arvind99 04 May 12, 17:20
Is that all the SCAORA could do? BTW, who conjures up these weird acronyms.

Shouldn't licenses of those who violate rules be revoked too?
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Like +1 Object -0 satvachan 04 May 12, 17:42
Oil n Fats deposited in Swiss Banks are coming out now , junior counsels are lured to shed their clothes . handling agent of ruling party in found in main hole , stil shining indian legal system , this is only tip of iceberg
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Like +0 Object -0 shyam 04 May 12, 18:06
Not in good taste. Like witch hunting and singling out. Limitation Act be applied after due consideration of facts and circumstances.
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Like +8 Object -0 Just a thought! 04 May 12, 19:00  interesting
So now lawyers cannot even have sex? Advertisements, fine. But sex?
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Like +1 Object -0 HMS, Ox-on-Cherwell 04 May 12, 19:23
Well done SCAORA! I think it was high time as most of us legal practitioners were finding it a bit awkward and very uncomfortable in approaching him after the incident and wanted to seek some guidance from the Bar on professional conduct and engagement.
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Like +1 Object -0 Advice 04 May 12, 19:26
#5, well feel free to do it as wished, but then please dont get caught, because then no matter what one has to face the consequences. Remember, this is the world's second oldest profession and thats why its not the oldest!
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Like +0 Object -0 Hmm 05 May 12, 10:07
Why this Kolaveri Di? Will the same treatment be meted to another lawyer, if he(or she) or divorced by their spouse on grounds of infidelity (assuming such infidelity is proven in court?) If a promiscuous personal life is going to lead to damaging professional consequences, at least the same should be codified and uniformly applied going forward.
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Like +0 Object -0 Ghantaghar 05 May 12, 10:24
why do you edit or even Delete the Comments without rendering you unbiased opinion.
Kian, i know you are running something which runs on something and needs something to run but then Following the words of H'ble J.Katju, it has to be without fear, unbiased and truthful but then there are some elements missing or may be more.

I am nobody to give you advice but then my heart and wicked brain says i should " Either come in to the field and then battle where you you can be biased and stick to your point where you are missed a lot( i hope) or remain Unbiased and in the words of RAMBO " Live for nothing or Die for something"

Think and ACT, now or never

" you can edit this also or delete, i won;t mind"
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Like +0 Object -0 Legallythinking 05 May 12, 11:26
Kian's choice of the picture's is interesting to say the least. Wonder what AMS would have to say about that.
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Like +3 Object -0 Anonymous Guest 05 May 12, 13:47
Blackballing will mean nothing to AMS. AMS will move to another country and continue his activities there. Possible destination is where Abhimanyu Bhandari moved in from ! Perhaps both the Singhvis and Bhandari will set up shop there as they are opening up legal sector to foreign firms. AMS's daddy L M Singhvi had set up Indian school there which is frachised back to the school in Jodhpur. The school is also Axon's client for their lawsuit against Google. Abhilasha Singhvi's Ghazal programs are also invited program in schools. What more synergy is needed ? The whole family can thank SCAORA for the opportunity and migrate.
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Like +0 Object -0 Advisor 06 May 12, 03:30
Good one #11 Anonymous Guest.
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Like +0 Object -0 double standards 07 May 12, 01:08
Serious doubke standards. Shame on them
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Like +2 Object -0 Anonymous Guest 19 Aug 12, 13:35
Reply to Anonymous #11

Abhilasha Singhvi's Ghazal programs ??? I think you are mistakenly referring to Anita Singhvi, her mother.
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Like +0 Object -0 llb 13 Dec 12, 20:39
Brain drain better than brain in the drain
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