Court to invoke contempt power against erring lawyers

The Bar Council of India has asked the protesting advocates to call off their strike or face suspension.  

The full court meeting of the Madras High Court on Thursday resolved to take recourse to the powers vested upon it under Article 215 (power to punish for contempt) of the Constitution and under the Contempt of Courts Act, against those advocates who would prevent other lawyers or litigants from entering the court campus on Monday.

The meeting has directed the Registrar General to consult the State police and the CISF, and arrange to place video cameras at the gates of the court to maintain record in case any untoward incidents were to occur.

The full court passed the resolutions taking note of the call given by various Bar associations across the State to lay siege to the high court premises on July 25 demanding immediate withdrawal of the amendments made to the statutory rules of the court.

Earlier, despite the order of the Bar Council of India (BCI) declaring the ongoing boycott of courts by advocates as illegal, the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA) announced that it will continue the protest.

Briefing the media after an emergency general body meeting MHAA secretary S. Arivazhagan said, “The Federation of Bar Associations of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry has resolved to lay to siege the Madras High Court on Monday demanding immediate withdrawal of amendments made to the statutory Rules, which empower judges to debar erring lawyers. ”

Adding that the newly constituted five-judge rules committee has invited the association to discuss the suggestions made by the MHAA, Mr. Arivazhagan said, “The committee has invited us for talks. We will meet the committee tomorrow, if anything turns up positively we will again call for a emergency general body meeting of MHAA and decide on the future course of action.” Through an order dated July 20, the BCI asked the protesting advocates to call off their strike by Friday or face suspension from legal practice. The BCI also directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to communicate the names of all the leaders or office-bearers of the striking Bar Associations latest by July 22 so that orders of suspension and disqualification could be passed.

The Council observed that the situation is “alarming” in the State, and the image of the Bar is being tarnished to a great extent because of such unruly advocates.

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