LAWYER Anand Singh made an application to the High Court to recuse Justice Paul Madigan from presiding over former prime minister Mahendra Chaudhry's case.
Mr Chaudhry is accused of breaching the Exchange Control Act and faces 12 counts of fraudulent conversion-related charges.
Mr Singh made the application on the basis of bias.
He said his client was making the recusal application on two grounds:
* Justice Madigan was present at a workshop organised by the DPP to discuss charges against Mr Chaudhry and Justice Madigan offered assistance to improve the charges; and
* Justice Madigan failed to disclose to the court and to parties involved his close personal relationship with the prosecution's lead counsel Clive Grossman and junior counsel Elizabeth Yang.
Mr Singh further stated the "prosecution failed to produce evidence to rebut the allegation and that the judge himself had not actually denied being present at the workshop".