Courts Update EC's SC counsel resigns, citing conflict of interest

EC’s SC counsel resigns, citing conflict of interest

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New Delhi, May 7 (ILNS) Advocate Mohit D Ram, who has been representing the Election Commission (EC) before the Supreme Court, has resigned from the panel of Advocates of the EC, citing conflict in values.

Ram, who has held the post since 2013, wrote a letter to the Director of the Law Commission, conveying his decision.

“It was an honour to represent the Election Commission of India (ECI). I had a cherishing milestone of my career, in the journey which began with being part of the office of Standing Counsel of ECI and progressed as one of the panel counsels of ECI (since 2013),” Ram’s resignation letter said.

“I undertake to ensure smooth transition of files, NOC and ‘vakalatnamas’ in all pending matters with my office,” it added.

Last week, the Madras High Court had observed that ECI should probably be put up for murder charges in view of its failure to curb the “wanton abuse” of COVID-19 protocol during election rallies.

The Commission responded with a plea in the court to gag the media on reporting oral observations like these, which was rejected by the Madras High Court. The ECI then approached the Supreme Court, which also refused to gag the media. ILNS/VKS/RJ

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