Senior Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhawan on Monday wrote to the Chief Justice of India, Deepak Misra, expressing his intention to retire from the legal profession because of humiliation in Delhi government vs LG case.
His letter said, “Dear Chief Justice, After humiliating end to Delhi case, I have decided to give up my court practice. You are entitled to take back the Senior Gown conferred to me, though I would like to to keep it for memory and services rendered.”
Dhawan was the lawyer for the Delhi’s Arvind Kejriwal government in its case against the Lieutenant Governor over the differences on administrative powers. The Supreme Court had wrapped up the hearing into the matter on 6 December. Dhawan had a heated argument with Chief Justice Misra during the final hearing.
Dhawan told Live Law, “I was humiliated . The whole court was laughing at me . This is my final decision. I have decided not to make appearance in any court.”
On 6 December, while concluding the hearing, CJI Misra, had told Dhawan, “You go on shouting. You are always like that. We will give our judgment.” This was after Dhawan had requested to make a final submission in response to respondents’ arguments. CJI Misra was reluctant but had allowed him later.
The case relates to the differences over the administrative rights in governing Delhi. The Delhi government had challenged the High Court’s order declaring the LG as the administrative boss of Delhi.
On 6 December, CJI Misra was visibly upset with Dhawan raising his voice while accusing the five-judge bench of having narrowed down the scope on the matter.
An upset CJI had later lashed out at senior lawyers saying that the trend of lawyers raising their voices showed their “inadequacy, incompetence and the fact that they are not even eligible to become seniors”.
He had said, “If the Supreme Court Bar Association does not regulate such members, we will be forced to regulate them. When lawyers argue in a manner not in tune with Constitutional language, we will tolerate it, but for how long? If the Bar does not regulate itself, we will be compelled to regulate.”