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More Money for Top Law Firm and Lawyers against Ashram

August 9, 2014

News has broken that Dr. Gayatri Satapathy & Ors – wherein ‘Ors’ or ‘Others’ is in all likelihood to be read as Raman Reddy, Sraddhalu Ranade, R.Y. Deshpande and other anti-Ashram elements – have filed yet another case against the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. It is those very, same people who accuse the S.A. Ashram of wasting its money in court cases who keep dragging this institution to court for no reason other than for the settlement of petty, personal scores. Not only are these self-centered, egotistic and monumentally irresponsible people wasting the time of the Supreme Court of India which already has a backlog of over 60,000 cases, but they are equally obliging the S.A. Ashram to divert some of it’s precious resources, be it time, energy or money, to negate these careless acts of filing court cases that are obviously frivolous but designed to be a nuisance, create negative publicity and give these trouble-makers a sense of self-importance. Or is there more to these legal battles than meets the eyes?

The funds that are required to finance the law firm M/s Suresh A. Shroff & Co. of the Amarchand & Mangaldas consortium that now has Dr. Gayatri Satapathy as their newly-acquired client in addition to the five Prasad sisters, do not seem to be much of a consideration. Because these trouble-makers have now added the senior Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve to their already mightily onerous legal arsenal. Senior Supreme Court lawyer Harish Salve has been described as the Superstar of lawyers of the large law firms such as Amarchand & Mangaldas & Suresh A Shroff & Co., that can be equally compared to the big Bollywood studios, as they put on their shows in the Supreme Court. Harish Salve is considered by some to be one of “the four jewels in the crowns” of today’s law firms. With the demand for superstar lawyers far outstripping the supply today, it is reported that a one-man show by a Superstar lawyer can run up billings of Rs.40 crore (US$ 6 to 7 Million)!!!

Those interested in the take-over of the S.A. Ashram are certainly appearing to raise their stakes. We all know why and how the TATAs, the Ambanis or the Gehlauts hire the topmost law firms and their superstar lawyers. Until now it has not been to settle matters of spiritual importance. When corporates mobilize their financial resources and do not blink while pampering their lawyers with dinners at five star hotels that can cost Rs. 1.75 lakhs (US$ 3,000), it is because the financial returns of their investments have been meticulously calculated.

Who is footing the Superstar lawyer Harish Salve’s bill and what are the expected returns is for now anybody’s guess.


– Well-wishers of Sri Aurobindo Ashram –

  1. Raghavan permalink

    Let’s not give too much importance to any X or Y lawyer.He does not need any attention from us.
    We all that The Lord has said, a sincere man is worth all the extraordinary powers in the world

  2. amal permalink

    Money power can never win against the Truth.

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