No action against advocates, Madras High Court CJ tells BCTP

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Chennai, June 8: The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Wednesday, June 8 said the Chief Justice of Madras High Court has assured it that no action would be taken against advocates following amendments to the Advocates Act, till a decision is taken on suggestions made by various bar associations.

"The Chief Justice of Madras High Court has assured the office bearers of the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry that no action will be taken against the advocates in pursuant to the amendments introduced by the High Court to Advocates Act, till a decision is taken on the suggestions from bar associations," BCTP Chairman D Selvam said.

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The officer bearers had met Chief Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul yesterday and submitted a memorandum seeking reconsideration of the amendments to the Advocates Act. According to a release from BCTP, the High Court has invited suggestions from all the bar associations on the changes to be made to the Advocates Act.

They may be submitted through BCTP which will be placed before the High Court rule Committee for its reconsideration, it said.

The release said the Chairman of Bar Council of India has also requested the Chief Justice to reconsider the amendments made to the rules through discussions and also advised all the bar associations to resolve the issues by way of dialogue and not by resorting to rallies and boycott.

The bar associations have been requested to furnish their suggestions to BCTP by June 17.

The matter relates to recent amendments that were introduced by the High Court to Section 34(1)of Advocates Act against which various advocates associations took out a rally on June 6.

In a notification, the high court had said that the court has power under 14-A of Advocates Act to debar advocates who indulge in activities such as trying to influence a judge or participates in a procession inside court campus or holds placards inside the court hall, among others.

Such advocates shall be debarred from appearing before the high court or subordinate courts permanently or for such period as the court may think fit and the Registrar General shall thereupon report it to the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu, it said.

PTI 

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