Lawyer who represented Amit Shah to be elevated as SC judge

Last Updated: Fri, Jul 11, 2014 10:37 hrs

New Delhi: Senior Supreme Court lawyer Uday Lalit, who represented BJP President Amit Shah in two high profile criminal cases, will be elevated as a Supreme Court judge.

The Supreme Court collegium led by the Chief Justice of India has recommended Lalit's name, along with three other high court chief justices for the top court.

Lalit represented Modi's close aide and new BJP chief Amit Shah, in the cases involving the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat. Shah faces charges of murder and conspiracy in both cases.

The development comes days after a controversy erupted after the former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam withdraw his candidature for appointment as Supreme Court judge due to lack of support from the BJP government.

In a letter sent to the Chief Justice of India, senior lawyer Subramaniam had withdrawn his nomination for judge of the apex court.

"I'm fully conscious that my independence as a lawyer is causing apprehensions that I will not toe the government line. This factor has been decisive in refusing to appoint me," he stated in his letter to the CJI.

The government had apparently received a 'negative' report from the CBI about the lawyer who had represented the UPA Government in the 2G scam. It was also alleged that he has links with corporate lobbyist Nira Radia.

Citing the CBI report, the government had asked the Supreme Court collegium to reconsider Subramaniam's nomination.

Lalit, who hails from Maharashtra, has been practising in the apex court since 1986. He worked with the former Attorney-General, Soli J. Sorabjee, from 1986 to 1992.

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