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Discussion Board: Testing the contours of lawyer-client privilege

Experts share views on where this privilege starts or ends if the client has been declared a fugitive by the law enforcement agencies

Illustration: Binay Sinha
Illustration: Binay Sinha

Amit K Desai, senior advocate Balance the privilege with needs of investigation Attorney Client Privilege is the fulcrum of the relationship between a client and his/her lawyer. It is one of the oldest forms of protection under the privacy doctrine and a fundamental right in all democracies. It is a permanent privilege which commences when the client initiates the process for seeking advice. Its intent is to enable a full and frank disclosure to his lawyer who in turn can discharge his duties towards his client. In India, as far back in 1872, (the Indian ...