One can't forget the case of Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru who was denied a lawyer in the trial court where most of the cross examining of witnesses takes place. The trial has been castigated by many human rights activists, lawyers and judges, who have termed the case as 'a miscarriage of justice'.
“A person should receive free trial and if he fails to get a lawyer, the court is bound to provide one. Also, if Ajmal Kasab can get a lawyer, why not this rapist?” asked Imran Ali, who is practising as an advocate at the Supreme Court.
Given the past record of using violence and intimidation for political gains, one can't rule out the fear of MNS among the lawyers' community. “Political interference should not happen. Politicians should not interfere in judicial matters, as the judiciary is an independent body,” said Ali. When asked whether fear might have put away lawyers, Ali said: " This shouldn't happen but most of these so called nationalists do not even uphold the constitutional law.”
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