New Delhi: In a shocking move, the NDA government has sacked 111 lawyers, who were appointed by the UPA when it was in power. The lawyers were appointed by the UPA to handle indirect tax cases of the Centre and represent them before various judicial bodies.
Central Board of Excise and Customs (CBEC) had issued an order on June 18 stating, that the appointment of these lawyers as standing counsel have been cancelled. However, it came as a flip-flop of its own order which it had issued on June 9, where the same lawyers were included in the list of 251 standing counsel.
The tenure of these 111 lawyers, who were a part of the 251 standing counsel list, was to expire on June 8, 2019. CBEC has not stated any reason for the removal of these 111 lawyers.
Standing counsel is a position which is considered to be a prominent one as it is the President of India who appoints the lawyers for the post. CBEC examines the expertise of the lawyers in handling the cases related to indirect taxes after which the President finally appoints them for the post.