The Supreme Court upheld the Delhi High Court judgment convicting senior advocate R.K. Anand of contempt for attempting to influence the trial in the BMW hit-and-run case.
A Bench consisting of Justices B.N. Agrawal, G.S. Singhvi and Aftab Alam, however, acquitted the then special public prosecutor, I.U. Khan. The High Court barred both lawyers from appearing in the court for four months and it held that they had forfeited their right to be designated as senior advocates.
The High Court recorded the conviction based on a programme ( sting operation) telecast by NDTV, in which Sunil Kulkarni was shown meeting Mr. Khan and Mr. Anand, then senior defence counsel, and negotiating his sellout in favour of defence for a very high price. The appeals by the lawyers were directed against this August 21, 2008 verdict.