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Pathak probe: Sehgal moves HC

The businessman has sought the right to be represented by his lawyer.

india Updated: Jun 30, 2006 22:05 IST

The Delhi High Court on Thursday reserved its order on a petition filed by businessman Andaleeb Sehgal seeking the right to be represented by his lawyer and conduct cross-examination in the probe being done by the RS Pathak Commission into the Iraqi Oil-for-Food scam.

In the arguments that lasted over two hours, senior counsel Rajiv Sawhney appearing for Sehgal claimed that the denial of the right to be either represented by lawyers or cross examine the Commission's advocates was unconstitutional and violative of the principles of natural justice.

The counsel claimed that summoning of Seghal by the Commission to "appear in person alone" was violative of the statutory rights contained in Section 8B and 8C of the Commission of Inquiry Act, 1952 under which a person has a right to be represented by his or her counsel.

However, at this stage the Division Bench of Justice TS Thakur and Justice SL Bhayana intervened and observed, "You are not being prosecuted. What is your objection? You are trying to scuttle the probe. We will not allow it."

First Published: Jun 01, 2006 19:36 IST