Why only one Advocate to argue entire cases of CBI in HC?-Lucknow HC

In a Bail Application bearing number 3096 of 2020 (Jawahar Lal vs Union of India and Others) the Lucknow High Court has directed the Deputy Legal Advisor, Central Bureau of Investigation, Lucknow Zone, Lucknow to file his personal affidavit within two weeks as to why only one Advocate is assigned to argue entire cases of CBI filed in the High Court.

In the aforesaid Bail Application, when the matter was taken up on 04.09.2020, Shri Kazim Ibrahim, counsel appearing on behalf of Union of India informed the Court that he is on the Panel of Union of India. He further informed that learned A.S.G. is not well and, therefore, he could not appear before this Court. When the Court asked him to assist the Court on behalf of the CBI, he informed the Court that he is not authorised or empanelled to argue/assist on behalf of the CBI.

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On the query made by the Court that if learned A.S.G. is not available due to some reason, whether the CBI has any Panel or not, to which Shri Kazim has submitted that the CBI has no empanelled Advocate to argue the matter on behalf of CBI, only Mr. S.B. Pandey, learned A.S.G. is authorised to argue the matter on behalf of CBI.

The Court took serious view of the matter and observed that it is very strange that CBI is keeping only one Advocate to argue the matter and nobody is available to assist theA.S.G. The Court has taken very serious view of the matter as nobody is available to assist the court on behalf of the CBI in absence of learned A.S.G.

Now the matter has been posted for 22.09.2020

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