The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association has accused Senior Supreme Court Lawyers– Ram Jethmalani and Prashant Bhushan– of being biased towards Kashmiris.
In a statement, Bar said "two senior Advocates have backtracked to defend in the Supreme Court the case of Abdul Rehman Mir, father of Shabir Ahmad Mir, a youth from Tengpora who was killed allegedly by a DySP recently".
The Bar has, however, lauded senior Advocate Kapil Sibal for appearing on behalf of the complainant Abdul Rehaman Mir without charging him anything.
"Two lawyers from Kashmir Syed Musaib and Bilal Ahmad Khan were requested by Mir to defend his case in SC told the Bar about what the SC lawyers did with them," the spokesman said.
"The two lawyers told the Bar that they along with one Aijaz Ahmad Khan on 11.08.2016, met Prashant Bhushan Senior Advocate of Supreme Court of India," the spokesman said. "Advocate Bhushan one day before had assured the two lawyers that he is ready to appear in the case without charging any fee but after a day advised them to meet another Senior Advocate Kamni Jaswal".
"They told the Bar that when they met Kamni Jaswal, she readily agreed to appear in the case, but as through her, they came to know that the State has engaged Attorney General of India to represent them in the case, therefore, they decided to approach Ram Jethmalani,a reputed Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court to appear in the case," the spokesman said .
"They accordingly went to the office of Ram Jethmalani and he promised to appear in the case next day and told them to come at 2 p.m. for further discussion as he had to go to Rajya Sabha," The spokesman said.
"The two lawyers told the Bar that at about 2 PM Advocate Bilal Ahmad and Aijaz Ahmad Khan boarded an auto rickshaw to go to the office of Ram Jethmalani, but on the way they received a call from one Pawan Kumar, an Assistant of Ram Jethmalani, asking them to bring Rs 70 lakh with them, so as to pay the same to Ram Jethmalani as his fee," the spokesman said.
On enquiry, the spokesman said, Pawan Kumar told the two lawyers that Ram Jethmalani will have to be paid Rs 50 lakh cash as charges and Rs 20 lakhs as his fee for causing his appearance in the Supreme Court.
" Since they were not in a position to arrange or pay a huge amount of Rs 70 lakhs to Ram Jethmalani, they, returned to Supreme Court where they met one Ramesh Misra Advocate on record and through him they approached Kapil Sibal another Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court".
Sibal, the spokesman said, told the duo that he is aware about the case and that he is ready to appear on behalf of the complainant without charging any fee from him," the spokesman said.
"They thereafter briefed Kapil Sibal and handed over all the relevant papers to him. Next day Kapil Sibal and Kamni Jaswal appeared in the case on behalf of the complainant and both of them argued the case well, without charging any fee from the complainant," the spokesman said.
"The two lawyers told Bar that Prashant Bhushan and Ram Jethmalani went back on their promise, only because the allegations in the complaint had been leveled against a Police Officer".
The spokesman said that Ram Jethmalani has visited Kashmir a number of times and has met number of pro-freedom leaders and has also assured them of legal help in the Supreme Court.