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Singhvi's cd row: HC dismisses PIL

After the outburst in the political scene, with the alleged sex scandal which emerged featuring Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi and senior advocate, the Delhi High Court on 25th April dismissed a plea for probe by the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) into the alleged CD row. The Bharitya Janta Party openly slammed Singhvi while the Congress choose to distance itself from this issue.

As per reports a bench headed by Acting Chief Justice A K Sikri, mentioned, "The petition is dismissed. The petitioner is seeking a direction to the BCD and the Delhi High Court Bar Association to take action against the employee of the lawyer concerned.The lawyer's body
are not empowered to take action against an employee of an advocate," This order came after a plea by a social worker, Sanjay Kumar, seeking an inquiry into the CD scandal which involved Senior Congress Leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi had emerged.

The petitioner's counsel Sugriv Dubey mentioned, "Everybody on the street is saying what is happening in the high court. Just to save the image of lawyer's community, an inquiry be ordered."

The bench also comprising Justice Rajiv Sahai Endlaw, said adding that the lawyers' body cannot take any action against the employee concerned, "It is a matter of record that this court has already passed an order in the matter and the PIL (public interest litigation) on the issue cannot be entertained," added the bench.

"Every employee of a lawyer... has to protect the privacy of an individual and in the preset case it was the duty of the person (Singhv's driver) not to attack the individual's privacy," the PIL had stated.

Refusing to entertain the plea, the bench said "such things cannot be a subject matter of a public interest litigation." Much before this on 19th April19, Singhvi and his former driver informed the court they have amicably settled the matter, involving the CD, between them.

The man who was the public face of the Congress party on every news channel and featuring in every paper, has now been silenced by the outcome of this scandal. In fact a similar sex scandal had forced the then Andhra Pradesh Governor ND Tiwari, an old Congressman to resign from the governorship and also from the Congress party. Seems history has just repeated itself.
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