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Explain Pakistan lawyer's hiring in Enron case, BJP asks Congress

IANS  |  New Delhi 

The on Saturday questioned the over the appointment of a Pakistan-origin lawyer to represent in the Enron case at the International of Arbitration in 2004.

"Representing India's case at the International of Arbitration was none other than Khanwar Qureshi, who represented in the Kulbhushan Jadhav case at the International of Justice (at The Hague)," Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader G.V.L. Narsimha Rao told reporters here.

On May 18, the ICJ stayed the execution of alleged Indian spy Jadhav, while dismissing Pakistan's contention that it had no jurisdiction to go into the matter.

Rao said: "... we have seen several instances of the standing up and speaking in support of We have seen that in case of surgical strikes, as they questioned our Army...."

The leader said that after the came to power at the Centre in 2004, one of the early actions the government took was to change the entire legal team representing in that arbitration case.

"Why did the UPA (United Progressive Alliance) government hire a Pakistani lawyer in 2004? Did the Congress not have faith in Indian lawyers?"

The leader said the Enron case was very sensitive and a prestigious one for the country, wondering how hired Qureshi when the country's image and a large sum of money was involved.

He demanded that the Congress explain why confidence was placed in the Pakistani lawyer and not an Indian one to represent the Indian side at the international tribunal.

Qureshi was hired to represent India after Enron pressed a $6 billion claim against the Indian government in the Dabhol power project case in Maharashtra. The case went into arbitration.



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First Published: Sat, May 20 2017. 17:56 IST