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Last warning to lawyer: Appear or will appoint amicus curiae

Sharma had claimed that he was absent since he had to appear before Bombay High Court.

Sounding a “last warning” to one of the lawyers appearing for the convicts in the December 16 gangrape case,the Delhi High Court on Tuesday once again said it would appoint an amicus curiae to represent convicts Mukesh and Pawan if their lawyer failed to appear in court on Wednesday.

The court is hearing arguments on the death sentence reference of the four convicted of the gangrape and murder of a 23-year-old paramedic student last year.

Advocate M L Sharma,who had last week drawn the court’s ire for his absence,did not appear before the court of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice Pratibha Rani on Tuesday either. Last week,Sharma had claimed that he was absent since he had to appear before Bombay High Court.

On Monday,Sharma had been directed to begin his arguments the next day. “There is no representation from the side of the convicts Mukesh and Pawan though in our earlier order we had apprised the counsel about the matter being set for hearing today…We find that every attempt is being made to protract the matter,” the bench said. Sharma later cited a Supreme Court hearing as the reason for his absence.

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First published on: 13-11-2013 at 02:28:57 am
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