Twenty advocates have been suspended by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry due to the protests by advocates against the judiciary in September. Out of these, three advocates have been suspended for creating a ‘mini-bar’ at the Madras High Court campus.
Sources told TNIE that three advocates-E Murugan, D Vijay and C Vijay had used a secluded spot behind the ADR building in the Madras HC campus to down alcohol every evening.
Other than these three, 17 advocates have been suspended for two different protests against the judiciary in September. One protest was by ten lawyers and two women protested inside the court hall of the first bench on September 14. The second protest was on September 16 when the lawyers entered the court hall and shouted slogans while the court proceeding against two office-bearers of Madurai Bar Association was taking place.
The 20 lawyers have been prohibited from legal practices till the disposal of the complaints.
TN Bar Council Chairman D Selvam said that this is the first time so many advocates were together being suspended for unprofessional conduct. He also added that this matter would be sent to the disciplinary committee of the bar council, according to TNIE report.
He confirmed show-cause notices had been issued to 14 lawyers and on Tuesday that the BCI chairman had asked the state unit to take `stringent action' against them, according to TOI.