Fenny Balakrishnan, advocate of Saritha S. Nair, the prime accused in the Solar scam case has been suspended from legal practice for one year by the Bar Council of Kerala.
The Hindu reports that the council found Balakrishnan did not keep professional dignity in dealing with the solar case as he had purposefully visited the accused (Saritha) in the jail, accompanied the accused in public and gave statements regarding the solar case on various occasions to media. As a lawyer, the respondent was duty bound to avoid such disputed circumstances, said the Bar.
The Bar council also said that Balakrishnan made unnecessary revelations in the media and that it was gross misconduct to do so.
Earlier the council had started a suo moto disciplinary actions against him for all his controversial appearances in media.
Though the council had sent him a show cause notice seeking explanation, his reply was not found satisfactory.
Balakrishnan had made many claims and shocking revelations on Solar case earlier, including allegations that Chief Minister Oommen Chandy was closely associated to Saritha.