The Game Changer Of Law


DELHI BAR coun­cil elections are as keenly fought elections as our state elections. Just like the lat­ter, the bar coun­cil elections are also fought af­ter five years. To be a part of the 25 mem­ber coun­cil is no mean feat when one has to beat hun­dreds of con­tes­tants. But the pop­u­lar le­gal ea­gle Vi­jay sondhi, se­nior Part­ner at luthra&luthra, has done it again this year. he is former hon­orary sec­re­tary and former Vice chair­man of The Bar coun­cil of delhi (Bcd). with more than 60 per­cent of the lawyers vot­ing precincts of the cap­i­tal re­port­ing, sondhi won with the sup­port of sea­soned se­nior coun­sels along with pop­u­lar votes of the young and seem­ingly pro­pi­tious lawyers. Vi­jay is known to han­dle com­pli­cated, high pro­file cases. one such case is what came to be fa­mously known as the BMw case. The firm led by sondhi ad­vised NDTV in its st­ing op­er­a­tion which ex­posed the vi­cious nexus be­tween the state coun­sel and the de­fence At­tor­ney in their ef­fort to com­pro­mise a key wit­ness in a case in­volv­ing death of po­lice­men and pedes­tri­ans by a BMw car. The case was sen­sa­tional since all the wit­nesses had turned hos­tile and the trial court was com­pelled to ac­quit the ac­cused driver of the ve­hi­cle. The st­ing ex­posed the truth be­hind the scenes and the high court took suo Motu cog­nizance and ini­ti­ated a con­tempt ac­tion and booked the two erring lawyers. The law re­gard­ing st­ing op­er­a­tions was laid down in this case. hav­ing such land­mark judg­ments un­der his belt, sondhi seeks to bring a few re­quired changes in the Bar coun­cil of delhi (Bcd). “i would like to seek trans­parency in the Bcd with the min­utes of ev­ery meet­ing be­ing up­loaded on the web­site.i would like to seek tech­no­log­i­cal upgra­da­tion in the pro­fes­sion. For ex­am­ple, case sta­tus by sMs/email to the lit­i­gants as well as the lawyers, de­vel­op­ing a mo­bile ap­pli­ca­tion for the same. i would also like to pro­vide a spe­cial in­sur­ance for lawyers in case of any ac­ci­den­tal death,” sondhi says.

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