Three more lawyers, including one who tried to smuggle ganja into the Puzhal Central Prison, have been suspended by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry (BCTN & P) on February 22, 2016, reports The New Indian Express.
S Sunil Kumar who hails from Avadi in Chennai was caught while attempting to smuggle 125 grams of ganja in his shoes. He was caught by the prison authorities on January 30,2016. He confessed that it was to be given Sethupathi Thangiah, an inmate of the prison. Sunil Kumar was produced before judicial magistrate in Tiruvotriyur, who remanded him in judicial custody, D Selvam, chairman of BCTN & P told The New Indian Express.
Later, the bar council decided to suspend the lawyer on February 6,2016.
Another lawyer R Muthukrishnan was suspended for making remarks against Chief Justice SK Kaul for the helmet rule. He also had filed a revision petition in which he said that the order was a reflection of ‘anger and it was ‘irksome’. He also called Chief Justice’s order a ‘judicial overreach’, which seemed to be him as an ‘unwarranted judicial activism’ and also called it a ‘katta panchayat’. The lawyer was asked to pay a fine of Rs. 10,000 for these statements and the case was forwarded to the Tamil Nadu Bar Council, according to The New Indian Express.
He has currently been suspended from practicing.
The third lawyer, V Antony Jyoth Sheeran from Tiruvallur District was suspended for allegedly misbehaving with a woman CISF personnel on November 20,2015. He, along with eight other lawyers crated a problem when the CISF personnel frisked another woman lawyer and another person in plain clothes, according to The New Indian Express.
In total, about 47 lawyers have been suspended till now by the Bar Council.