City anchor: Which of the two is your lawyer, trial court to ask gangrape accused
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Around 2 pm, both lawyers turned up for the hearing with the AOR standing next to Sharma. The duo also submitted letters of authorisation from Mukesh, with his thumb impressions on it. "It seems the left thumb impression is of the same person," the court observed.
The lawyers then got into a verbal spat. While Anand said he did not want the trial to be shifted outside Delhi, Sharma alleged that Anand obtained the permission after torturing the accused.
The squabbling prompted the bench to say "we can't turn this place into some sort of tamasha."
The court then dictated its first order. It asked the Sessions court to ascertain the veracity of the statements of the two lawyers, so that it could go ahead and hear the transfer petition.
The court also asked for vetting their conduct under the Advocate's Act.
But as soon as the bench finished dictating its order, Anand got up and said his authorisation was only to represent Mukesh in the trial and that he did not have to do anything with the apex court's matter.
"Then why were we hearing you if you don't have to do anything with the transfer petition. It is strange. You led us up the garden path," said an upset bench as it cancelled the first order. In the final order, the court asked the trial judge to file a report after verifying from the accused who his counsel was and whether he wanted his transfer petition heard.