Staff Reporter

  • The Bar council has taken umbrage at the reported statement
  • Advocates want the council to drop boycott call

    BANGALORE: The Karnataka State Bar Council (KSBC) has decided to call a meeting of its office-bearers on October 24 or 25 to discuss the reported statement of Chief Justice of the Karnataka High Court Cyriac Joseph on the advocate fraternity.

    The Bar Council had taken umbrage at the reported statement of the Chief Justice made in Chikmagalur a few days ago that advocates were corrupt. The Bar Council had asked advocates to boycott all functions of the golden jubilee celebrations of the High Court in which the Chief Justice would participate.

    On Thursday, the Chief Justice at a function in the Karnataka Judicial Academy (KJA), stated that his remarks on the advocates had been quoted out of context. He had clarified that he had said only a handful of advocates apart from judicial officers were corrupt and that they had brought a bad name to the judiciary.

    A day after the Chief Justice clarified his remarks, the Bar Council seems to have taken note of it and decided to call a meeting next week to discuss it. The KSBC Chairman, Y.R. Sadashiva Reddy, told The Hindu on Friday that he had begun consultations with the council office-bearers for fixing the date of the meeting.

    He said the KSBC had no personal vendetta against the Chief Justice and it had only taken a stand against a remark made against the fraternity. He said the KSBC had no desire to create or continue the controversy.

    Meanwhile, senior counsel and president of the Indian federation of Women Lawyers, Karnataka chapter, Pramila Nesargi, has taken exception to the statement by the KSBC that many senior counsel had endorsed its stand on the boycott call.

    In a statement, she alleged that several senior counsel hadnot attended the meeting called by the council on Friday.

    President of the Advocates Association of Bangalore D.L. Jagadeesh said it would be in the interest of the judiciary if the controversy was resolved.

    Meanwhile, several advocates said the KSBC should take into note the clarification that the Chief Justice had given at the KJA and drop the boycott call.