Senior lawyer Ram Kumar Anand, who faced contempt action for his misconduct in the infamous BMW hit-and-run-case in which at least six labourers were crushed under the speeding wheels of the car in 1999, has been directed by the Supreme Court to serve the community with free legal aid for a year and pay Rs21 lakh fine in lieu of the jail term.
In the first ever judgment that deals with the professional misconduct rather seriously, the top court on Wednesday held that “we feel that no useful purpose will be served by sending the contemnor (Anand) to jail. On the contrary, by keeping him out (of jail) and making him do the things that he has undertaken to do would serve a useful social purpose,’’ a bench of justices GS Singhvi, Aftab Alam and Chandramauli Kumar Prasad said.
Earlier, a high-profile Anand had offered to serve the community free of cost and volunteered to pay Rs 21 lakh to the free legal aid fund meant for improving the dispensation infrastructure.
Anand was the counsel for accused Sanjeev Nanda, the son of arms dealer Suresh Nanda and grand son of former chief of naval staff SM Nanda.
Anand is currently on his way to London in connection with some international deliberations.
Anand recently authored a book on Niira Radia and the then army chief Gen VK Singh released it on the eve of his retirement.
The judges said the money to be deposited by Anand would be utilised by the Bar Council. It shall given it to a law college preferably situated at a rural place and attended mostly by children from the under-privileged and deprived sections of the society.
The amount may be used for developing the infrastructure of the college, such as class rooms, library, computer facilities or moot court facilities, etc.