Under fire from the law ministry for appearing in the court for a private company, additional solicitor general AS Chandiok will not represent the NDPL in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday, when the court is likely to continue hearing in the PIL on fixing of power tariff.
On November 2, the law ministry had issued a showcause notice to Chandiok for appearing for the discom while he held the office as a senior government law officer.
Sources in the NDPL told Hindustan Times that somebody else would represent the NDPL when the matter comes up for hearing in the court on Wednesday. Chandiok, too, confirmed that he would not represent the discom in the court.
“Public perception on my appearing is different. There is a lot of misconception. There is no wrongdoing. But I’m not appearing tomorrow,” he said.
Hindustan Times had first reported about Chandiok’s appearance in the case on October 27, which even surprised the bench headed by chief justice Dipak Misra.
The bench had heard Chandiok for some time under the presumption that he was appearing for the government till he told them that he was representing the NDPL.
A shocked bench had later remarked: “All this while we were hearing you under the impression that you represented the government.”
On November 3, Chandiok denied receiving any showcause notice and maintained he did not violate any law. Chandiok said as “Delhi government holds 49% stake in NDPL, it wasn’t entirely a private company and hence he could advise the court on the tariff controversy”.