Senior advocate Rajeev Dhavan on Monday retired after a “humiliating end” to the legal battle between the Centre and the Delhi government over the Capital’s administrative powers, Live Law reported. Dhavan said he has informed Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra about his decision to give up court practice.
Dhavan, one of the Aam Aadmi Party government’s counsels, was involved in heated exchanges with Misra on the last day of the hearings. On December 6, Dhavan wanted to make oral submissions, which Misra allowed but asked him to not repeat the points made by lead counsel Gopal Subramanium.
Misra then objected to a submission he thought Dhavan had made earlier and snapped at the senior advocate. “You go on shouting,” the chief justice said. “You are always like that. We will give our judgment.”
Dhavan told Live Law that he felt that his propositions were not being heard, and that the whole court was laughing at him.