SC to hear Anand's petition on Monday

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New Delhi, Sep 12 (UNI) The Supreme Court will hear on September 15 the petition of senior advocate R K Anand challenging a Delhi High Court order debarring him from appearing in any court of Delhi for four months for trying to influence a key witness in the BMW case.

A bench comprising Justices B N Agarwal and G S Singhvi will hear the case on Monday.

R K Anand and another counsel I U Khan, who was appointed special prosecutor, were caught on camera in a sting operation conducted by NDTV news channel trying to win over the a key eye-witness in the case Sunil Kulkarni in a bid to protect the main accused, Sanjeev Nanda, grandson of former Navy Chief S M Nanda.

The two advocates were held guilty of contempt of court by a two-judge bench of Delhi High Court headed by Justice Manmohan Sareen for obstruction of administration of justice. The High Court had also imposed a fine of Rs 2000 each on both. The Court also referred to its full bench the issue of stripping Mr Anand of the designation of senior advocate.

Mr Khan was sacked from the BMW case following the exposure in the sting operation.

Mr Anand in his petition in the Supreme Court had challenged the High Court order on the grounds that the court does not have power to suspend or cancel the licence of an advocate and only the State Bar Council concerned can do so. Mr Anand is also seeking interim stay against the operation of the impugned High Court order till final disposal of his petition.

Sanjeev Nanda, the main accused in the case has been sentenced to five years imprisonment by the trial court for mowing down six persons while driving under the influence of liquor.

The two advocates Mr Anand and Mr Khan were caught on camera while trying to lure Kulkarni by offering him huge amount of money to make him turn hostile in the case.

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