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  May 2016
  April 2016

Everything is not about money

Advocates refused to be paid


Senior advocate Raju Ramachandran, who was appointed amicus curiae in Mumbai attack convict Ajmal Kasab's case in the Supreme Court, does not want to be paid for the job. Five days after a Bench headed by Justice Aftab Alam ordered the Maharashtra government to pay ` 11 lakh and ` 3.5 lakh to Ramachandran and his junior Gaurav Agarwal respectively for rendering legal assistance to Kasab, the senior counsel moved an application before the Supreme Court stating that he and his assistant did not wish to take any fee.

"It's an honour to serve the cause of justice and a privilege to serve the institution (judiciary). What I did was part of our sacred professional duty. That is the spirit behind my application," Ramachandran said.

Expressing his gratitude to the Court for directing payment of remuneration, Ramachandran requested the court to direct the money to be deposited either with the Maharashtra Legal Services Authority or the Supreme Court Legal Services Committee or any other organization working for poor litigants.

Even senior advocate Gopal Subramanium had charged a token fee of ` 1 for representing the Maharashtra government.

Heaping praise on the two senior advocates, Justice Alam had noted in his verdict: "In my 20 years on the Bench I have not heard a serious case debated in such a congenial atmosphere as created by Mr. Subramanium and Mr. Ramachandran in this case."


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