The Society of Indian Law Firms on Saturday slammed the government’s “revival of interest” on the issue of allowing the entry of foreign law firms into the country. In a strongly worded statement, the society president, Lalit Bhasin, said the fresh interest being shown by the government appeared to be a result of the “insurmountable pressure” being exerted by the British lobby.
“Every month there are delegations from the United Kingdom visiting India with one point programme of getting legal services in India open up to the foreign law firms,” Bhasin said.
The veteran lawyer said opening up of the legal services sector would be one of the priority topics for discussion during the upcoming visit of the British Prime Minister.
“There have been exchange of visits by top government functionaries of India and the UK very recently,” Bhasin said.
“The government, instead of supporting and protecting India’s legal profession, appears to be supportive of the moves by UK government,” the statement said.
Bhasin criticised the government move to seek a transfer of the case related to entry of foreign law firms to the Supreme Court, being currently heard in the Madras High Court.
“A case can be sought to be transferred to the Supreme Court if two or more high courts are seized are seized of the same issue of law,” Bhasin said. “Why should government of India take this initiative since it has not challenged the Bombay verdict, which has now become final.”