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Top lawyers convicted in BMW expose case
Published on 22 Aug. 2008 12:45 AM IST
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Finding them guilty of attempting to bribe a key witness in the high-profile BMW hit-and-run case, Delhi High Court Thursday convicted senior advocates R.K. Anand and I.U. Khan for obstructing administration of justice and debarred them from practising for four months. The division bench of Justices Manmohan Sarin and Madan B. Lokur also imposed a fine of Rs.2,000 each on Anand, the defence lawyer, and Khan, the special public prosecutor, after establishing authenticity of a sting operation conducted by private news channel NDTV. ”They are senior advocates and did not tender either conditional or unconditional apology for their conduct in the case,” the bench said in its 112-page verdict. “On the basis of the material before us, we find that Anand was a key player in interfering or at least tending to interfere in the due course of a judicial proceeding and obstructing the administration of justice in any other manner. We are also left with no doubt in our mind that the unshakeable truth is that Anand is guilty of criminal contempt of court,” the bench said. Criticising lawyer-turned-politician Anand for his “irresponsible” behaviour, the bench said: “Anand and Khan are seasoned lawyers of this court with decades of practice behind them. The sting operation, conducted last year, showed the advocates asking key witness Sunil Kulkarni to change his testimony, in exchange for a large sum, to favour Sanjeev Nanda, accused of mowing down six people on the Lodhi Road in central Delhi in the early hours of Jan 10, 1999. The expose, according to NDTV, had been conducted by Kulkarni himself, using a hidden camera. Though he later baulked at the tapes being aired, the channel went ahead with the telecast in “public interest”. Sanjeev Nanda, the grandson of Admiral (retired) S.M. Nanda and son of arms dealer Suresh Nanda, reportedly fled the scene of the accident though the police later found bloodstains on the car. He got bail after nine months in jail when the only survivor changed his story and said a truck and not a BMW car had caused the accident.

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