April 25, 2013
Why was a Chennai lady lawyer fixing deals in the Saradha scam? Congress minister must clarify
Page 10 of Sudipta Sen`s letter to the CBI has thrown up piquant and important questions in relation to the role of a lady lawyer from Chennai, the wife of a senior Congress Minister, in the goings-on of the Saradha Group and its bucket-shop operations. These questions need to be clarified by the lady and/or her husband.
1. Senior Advocates are usually barred from meeting clients directly. Why did the lady lawyer make an exception in the case of Sudipta Sen? Who was the solicitor? Why were conventions of the legal profession ignored in this `special` matter?
2. One Congress Minister`s lawyer-wife draws up an agreement to get Rs 42 crore in capital for a former Congress Minister`s wife for a dubious business project. What was the lady lawyer`s interest in the venture? Why was she soliciting capital and investment from Sudipta Sen, almost in the manner of an investment banker?
3. The proposed business venture ` a television channel ` and its promoter both belonged to the Northeast. So many good, senior lawyers are available in New Delhi and Guwahati. Why did the promoter go to a lawyer in faraway Chennai to draft the agreement and act as consultant? Was there a hint of political coercion and protection money?
4. The lady lawyer, wife of a powerful minister, allegedly charged Rs 1 crore to draft an agreement other lawyers could have done for a much smaller sum. Why was she paid such a generous fee? What was the quid pro quo?
5. Caesar`s wife must be above suspicion. This rule applies for the Trinamool in Kolkata. Does it apply for the Congress in New Delhi and Chennai?