Not only had the Corporation delayed filing its reply in the case, but its lawyer also failed to satisfy the court’s queries on the Union government’s policies and environmental rules relevant to the case.
“We are taking judicial notice of some old newspaper reports that say that the BMC spends hundreds of crores on legal fees paid to senior lawyers. We have also noticed that even in petty matters concerning the demolition of unauthorised structures, the services of senior lawyers are engaged.“However, in cases like the present that involve complicated issues, interpretation of laws and so, we find that BMC is being defended by a lawyer who is an employee of the corporation.
“ We fail to appreciate the rationale behind leaving important matters that have bearings on the fate of many to the mercy of a lawyer who is not equipped to meet the challenges raised by the other side ,” the bench said.
( Source – PTI )