CHANDIGARH: With the change of guard in Punjab, the new State government has decided to hire prominent Congress leaders Ram Jethmalani, P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Salman Khurshid, Abhishek Manu Singhvi and Manish Tewari to defend its cases in the Supreme Court as well as other courts outside Chandigarh, and primarily in tribunals in Delhi on a case-to-case basis.
Sources said the State government has formulated a list of 73 lawyers divided in four categories — A-1, A-2, A-3 and A-4.
The lawyers include Tarun Vir Kehar, son of Chief Justice of India (CJI) JS Kehar, Saket Sikri, son of Justice AK Sekri and Raktim Gogoi, son of Justice Ranjan Gogoi.
Other names include Justice V K Bali (retd) and his son Puneet Bali and Aakshay Bhan, son of former Supreme Court Judge, Justice Ashok Bhan (Retd) and Jasjit Singh Bedi son of former Justice HS Bedi (Retd).
The list also includes names of Attorney General of India Mukul Rohatgi, besides Solicitor General of India Ranjit Kumar, Dushyant Dave, Fali S Nariman, Gopal Subramaniam, Harin Raval, Indira Jaising, KK Venugopal, APS Doel, Mukul Gupta, Parag Tripathi, PP Rao, Shyam Divan and others.
The lawyers who have been finalised will appear in only special cases and not in routine cases. The panel of regular lawyers will be notified after a few days.