Bar Council of India has directed the Bar Council of Delhi to examine tweets of convicted Prashant Bhushan and take appropriate action
Bengaluru: Prashant Bhushan, convicted for contempt of court by the Supreme Court of India finds himself in more trouble now.
The Bar Council of India has directed the Bar Council of Delhi to look into the tweets made by the convict and take appropriate action, if needed.
In a press release, it said, “The Council is of the view that the tweets and statements made by Shri Prashant Bhushan, Advocate and the Judgment of the Hon’ble Supreme Court of India needs thorough study and examination by the Bar Council in the light of the statutory duties, powers and functions conferred on it under the Advocates’ Act, 1961 and the rules framed thereunder, particularly, Section-24A and Section-35 of the Advocates Act, 1961 and Chapter-II, Part-VI of Bar Council of India Rules.”
A website notes that the Bar Council of India further reiterated that Bar Council of Delhi must examine the tweets and proceed as ‘expeditiously’ as possible. The meeting was presided over by the Vice-Chairman Satish A. Deshmukh.
A few days ago, the top court had held Bhushan in contempt. It had fined him a token amount of Rs 1, failing which, the court added that he would be incarcerated and be debarred from practice for a stipulated time.
The convicted lawyer had put out tweets, trying to put the Chief Justice of India in a bad light and cast aspersions on the top court.
The precedent for suspension of Bhushan’s bar licence was laid in paragraph 89 of the judgment. It read, “Pursuant to the conviction in a criminal case, the Bar Council of India can suspend the enrolment if it so desires. It is also open to this Court to debar from practicing in a Court, as held in Supreme Court Bar Association (supra).”
The court had also given sufficient time for the convicted lawyer to apologise, but he didn’t.
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Last Updated 5, Sep 2020, 1:25 PM