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HC Urged Against AG

The Bombay High Court has been urged not to confer the status of Senior Advocate on Goa’s Advocate General Subodh Kantak in view of the controversies surrounding him.

In a letter addressed to Chief Justice Mohit Shah, Advocate Aires Rodrigues said that the very thought of recognizing such a controversial person as a senior advocate was appalling.

He also drew the Chief Justice’s attention to the High Court on 29th October 2010, writing to the Chief Secretary of Goa Government to look into the alleged professional misconduct by Subodh Kantak who despite being the Advocate General represented a private party in a case that had the State of Goa as a party.

Adv. Rodrigues also stated in the letter that Subodh Kantak has been bleeding the State exchequer with his high fees and cited the case where he argued the bail application of 102 accused in the Saleli matter on 27th January and billed the government at the rate of Rs 8,000 for each of the accused even though the bail applications were argued jointly.

He pointed out that instead of being paid only Rs. 8,000, Kantak billed and was paid a whopping Rs. 8,16,000.

Adv. Rodrigues also pointed out that a complaint against Subodh Kantak of professional misconduct was pending before the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa.

He further stated that a person with so many controversies should not be conferred the status of Senior Advocate, as a Senior Advocate should be a role model to the legal fraternity with his unblemished character and impeccable integrity, which he said Subodh Kantak definitely does not have.

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