A day after the law ministry pulled him up for representing private parties, additional solicitor general of India AS Chandhiok said people were “making allegations without verifying facts”. A visibly upset Chandhiok was speaking to mediapersons at a function after receiving the Annual Award, 2010 by Sikh Forum International for his “contribution to the judicial system”.
The law ministry had issued a showcause letter, asking Chandhoik to explain his appearance for a private power company, New Delhi Power Limited (NDPL), in the High Court.
Chandiok said since the 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. He said he was yet to receive any letter from the law ministry. “I have never flouted any rules. I would certainly reply if I get any communication from the government.” The ministry had also taken exception to Chandhiok’s statement against the transfer of justice SN Aggarwal of Delhi High Court to Madhya Pradesh.