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Bar Council of India threat works; TN lawyers give in, call off their protests

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Following this decision by TN Lawyers Joint Action Committee, the Bar Council of India revokes suspension of 126 state lawyers, including leaders of different lawyers associations in the state

The Bar Council of India that regulates and monitors the functioning of lawyers across the country on Tuesday granted temporary reprieve to the 126 advocates it had suspended in Tamil Nadu for conduct unbecoming of the members of the legal fraternity.

The temporary revocation of their suspension was announced by the chairman, Bar Council of India (BCI) Manan Kumr Mishra.

The Bar Council of India on 24 July suspended the 126 lawyers, including leaders of some bar associations in Tamil Nadu, and prohibited them from practicing in any court or tribunal in the country after issuing several warnings.
The revocation was in view of the suspension of their agitation, said President of Tamil Nadu Bar Council, D Selvam told a television channel. Selvam hoped that the lawyers now needed not to worry as a smooth decision would be arrived at on the issue.

The lawyers were suspended over their three-month long protest against recent amendments in rules and regulations under the Advocates Act. Now revocation was announced after the lawyers called off their agitation. The suspension of lawyers is now revoked till August 22.

Selvam said that the BCI wanted a regular report on the functioning of courts at present and attendance of lawyers on the basis of which a final decision could be taken on the suspension of the lawyers. The meeting is slated to take place on August 22.

The Bar Council of India president is expected to visit Tamil Nady later this month.

According to a BCI press release, those suspended included chief coordinator of the JAC, P Thirumalairajan, former member of Bar Council of Tamilnadu and Puducherry M Velmurugan, Madras High Court Advocates Association secretary Arivazhagan, Women Lawyers Association president Nalini and Egmore Bar Association president Chandan Bab.

All the 126 lawyers, including these persons shall not be allowed to practice in any court or other forums and shall not be treated as an advocate for any purpose.

“The council further resolves to initiate disciplinary proceedings against these lawyers for the aforementioned misconduct and the proceedings will be held in different places.”

It may be noted that in the release, Mishra had stated the members of so-called Joint Action Committee were ‘misleading’ the entire legal fraternity in the State.

Incidentally, it was at the all important meeting of JAC that took place at Erode on Monday that the lawyers decided to call of their three month long protest.

It was after this that the Bar Council of India president took a decision to revoke the suspension pending a final decision to be taken after reviewing the working of courts and the attendance of the lawyers in courts.

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