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"It is very strange that CBI is keeping only one Advocate to argue the matter and nobody is available to assist the learned ASG", the Court observed.
The Allahabad High Court on Friday directed the Deputy Legal Advisor, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), Lucknow Zone to file an affidavit explaining why only one Advocate has been assigned to argue all CBI cases filed in the High Court (Jawahar Lal @ Jawahar Lal Jalaj v. UOI).
The High Court was informed by Advocate Kazim Ibrahim, the counsel appearing on behalf of the Union of India, that the counsel assigned to argue CBI cases, ASG SB Pandey, was not available to appear before the Court as he was not keeping well.
When the High Court asked Advocate Ibrahim to assist the Court on behalf of the CBI instead, he informed that he was not authorised to argue or assist on behalf of the CBI.
This prompted the Court to query whether the CBI had any panel of counsel to represent the agency in the absence of the ASG.
When it was brought to the Court's attention that no such empanelled Advocate was available to argue the matter on behalf of CBI, Justice Chandra Dhari Singh remarked,
The High Court has, therefore, sought at explanation to be filed by way of affidavit in two weeks time "as to why only one Advocate is assigned to argue entire cases of CBI filed in the High Court."
The matter will be taken up next on September 22.
Read the order here: