HYDERABAD: When president-elect Donald Trump is being sworn in as the 45th President of the United States on Friday at the 58th formal presidential inaugural, a lawyer hailing from Telangana will be among the few Indian invitees to the ceremony.
Udaya Kumar Sagar is an advocate practicing at the Supreme Court of India and belongs to Narayankhed - 140km away from Hyderabad - in Telangana.
Udaya Kumar is the advocate-on-record for the Telangana State in the Supreme Court and has represented Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA) in several cases over the last few years, against big real estate companies such as My Home constructions, DLF Home Developers and Prestige Garden Estate private limited.
Interestingly, Udaya Kumar is also among the four advocates who form the Legal Affairs wing of Bharatiya Janata Party as per information on the BJP's website.
When contacted, and asked if he was in any way connected to the Republican Party or election campaigning of president-elect Donald Trump, he maintained that he happens to be ‘friends with some in the US’.
"I am just a lawyer in the Supreme Court. I have friends in the US. I got the official invite to attend swearing-in-ceremony through them," he said, adding that he was already in the US and would be attending the ceremony on Friday morning.
The invite received by Udaya Kumar read that the tickets for attending the swearing-in-ceremony at United States Capitol are enclosed with the invite and that there will be no admittance without invite. It also mentioned that tickets need to be kept carefully as they will not be replaced.