In the complex and ever-evolving landscape of the Kerala State Electricity Board Limited (KSEBL), the Legal Department stands as a pillar of support and guidance. Under the capable leadership of the Senior Law Officer, who is a Joint Secretary in Law from the Secretariat on deputation, this department plays a critical role in upholding the organization's legal interests. Here's a closer look at the vital functions and responsibilities carried out by the Legal Department:
1. Handling Legal Cases:
- The core responsibility of the Legal Department is to manage and oversee cases filed by and against KSEBL across various courts, including the Hon’ble Supreme Court, judicial forums, and tribunals.
- To effectively handle these cases, the department works with a network of legal experts, including 79 Standing Counsels who represent KSEBL in lower courts within the state.
- Additionally, there are two Senior Standing Counsels and Seven Standing Counsels dedicated to cases in the Hon’ble High Court of Kerala, along with one Standing Counsel for cases in the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India.
2. Legal Advisory Services:
- The Senior Law Officer serves as a legal counsel to the Chairman and Managing Director of KSEBL.
- The Senior Law Officer provides legal advice and clarifications on matters related to files and important legal issues raised by field officers.
- They play a crucial role in scrutinizing reports of title deeds for property acquisition and vetting agreements, including those with contractors and power purchase agreements.
- The Senior Law Officer's nominee actively participates in pre-qualification committee meetings to ensure legal compliance.
3. Enquiries and Disciplinary Actions:
- The Legal Department is entrusted with conducting inquiries into allegations made against KSEBL's officials. These allegations are referred by the Chairman and Managing Director for thorough investigation.
4. Nodal Officers for Litigation:
- To streamline the management of legal cases, Nodal Officers (litigation) are appointed in Electrical Circles. They collaborate with standing counsels and field officers to monitor the progress and conduct of cases representing the Board in various legal fora.
5. Legal Liaison Offices:
- KSEBL maintains a Legal Liaison Office in Ernakulam and a Resident Engineer in New Delhi to monitor and represent the organization in legal proceedings.
- These offices play a pivotal role in handling cases before the Hon’ble High Court and the Hon’ble Supreme Court, as well as other quasi-judicial appellate forums.
In essence, KSEBL's Legal Department serves as the vanguard in protecting the organization's legal interests and ensuring compliance with legal obligations. With a team of dedicated legal professionals and a commitment to upholding the law, they navigate the intricate legal landscape to secure the best outcomes for KSEBL and its stakeholders.