New Delhi, 11 July-2014(DNA): Senior lawyer Uday U Lalit, who represented Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s close aide Amit Shah in two high profile criminal cases (Sohrabuddin, Tulsi Prajapati cases), is likely to be elevated as a Supreme Court judge after the government controversially rejected Gopal Subramanium last month.
Lalit represented Amit Shah in cases involving the fake encounter killing of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati in Gujarat.
Amit Shah who was elevated as BJP’s President and faces charges of murder and conspiracy in both cases.
Gopal Subramanium had accused the government of launching a negative campaign against him for displaying independence and integrity when he assisted the court in the Sohrabuddin case. Read: How Kapil Sibal drove solicitor general Gopal Subramanium to resignation
Here are some key facts about him:
*Advocate Uday Lalit appeared from state government side opposing the bail plea of Dr Binayak Sen.
*Lalit appeared for actor Salman Khan in the black buck poaching case in 1998 killing of two Chinkara deer and a black buck during a film shooting in Rajasthan.
*He appeared for former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh in the corruption case
*He appeared for former cricketer and BJP MP Navjot Singh Sidhu in culpable homicide not amounting to murder case.
*Lalit represents the black money king pin Hasan Ali too.
*Lalit had been in the lawyer’s panel for the Maharashtra government and the Centre for 15 years and five years respectively
*Lalit had also appeared for former Gujarat home minister and current BJP President Amit Shah, who is chargesheeted for hatching conspiracy with state’s top cops to stage an encounter to eliminate Sohrabuddin Sheikh and TusliPrajapti.
*Uday U Lalit was appointed for one of the biggest scam in the history of India.
Lalit had been in the lawyer’s panel for the Maharashtra government and the Centre for 15 years and five years respectively.
*The appointment of Uday U Lalit as a special prosecutor had caused disagreement among the government authorities.
*It was said that the union government is not happy with his appointment and believed that the appointment should be cancelled immediately. But the Supreme Court and the Central Bureau of Investigation had reiterated that they do not have any objection with the appointment of Uday U Lalit.
Why Uday U Lalit is liked by AMIT SHAH ?
Shah is one of the recent BJP members who rode the Modi wave and resurrected his career. He is known to be a close confidante of Narendra Modi, and has stuck to him for decades.
1. Uday U Lalit was involved with the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) since childhood, participating in the neighbourhood shakhas as a boy. He formally became an RSS swayamsevak during his college days in Ahmedabad.
2. The ‘Sohrabuddin’ case Handling
When the CBI named him in its chargesheet in the murder of small-time gangster Shohrabuddin Sheikh, Shah went virtually underground in the months before his arrest. He stopped using his official mobile phone and his official car. He was arrested on July 25, 2010. He left jail three months later on bail. Shah was charged with murder, extortion, kidnapping besides five other sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) in connection with the killing of Sheikh in an allegedly fake encounter, and, later for eliminating his wife Kausar Bi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati too.
3. Snoopgate case handling
4. Kausar Bi and associate Tulsiram Prajapati case handling
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