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BMW case: HC appoints amicus curie

india Updated: Jul 25, 2007 20:43 IST

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The Delhi High Court on Wednesday appointed an amicus curiae to assist the court in hearing the TV expose case of alleged collusion between the prosecution and the defence in the high profile BMW hit and run case.

"We appoint advocate Arvind Nigam as an amicus curiae in this case to assist the Court," a Division Bench comprising Justice Manmohan Sarin and Justice SK Mishra said.

The Bench also questioned the motive of Kulkarni to carry out the sting operation and observed, "motive might have been to earn more money".

The court had, on May 31, taken a suo motu cognizance of the sting operation telecast by NDTV in the BMW hit-and-run case and sought all records related to the case.

Senior defence lawyer RK Anand and Special Public Prosecutor IU Khan were caught on camera purportedly influencing the key eyewitness Sunil Kulkarni.

The channel, however, contended that it was not concerned about Kulkarni's motive and it telecast the operation only due to journalistic instinct.

"We did not pay for the sting operation and we don't care whether he (Kulkarni) is a good man or bad. It is for the trial court to decide," senior advocate Harish Salve appearing for the channel said.

The Bench also said, at this stage we are just concerned about the alleged interference in the administration of justice delivery system and not on its impact on trial proceeding of the case.

Earlier, the Court on June 4, had directed the TV channel to submit three copies of the transcript of the footage secretly filmed by it.