TN Bar Council Issues Notice to Madras HC Advocates Association

Seeks explanation on resolution condemning disciplinary action

Published: 01st December 2015 04:52 AM  |   Last Updated: 01st December 2015 05:15 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI:  In the ongoing tug-of-war between  sections of city advocates, the state bar council has issued notice to Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA), seeking explanation why action should not be taken against it for condemning the bar council’s disciplinary actions against a few advocates.

On Friday, MHAA, one of the biggest bar association in the state, adopted resolutions condemning bar council chairman D Selvam for suspending advocates without giving a chance to hear their version.

Taking a serious note of the resolutions, the bar council has issued notice to the association seeking explanation why action should not be taken against it.

The notice said the resolutions were “illegal and without jurisdiction”.

The notice also accused members of MHAA with  continuously indulging in unprofessional conduct in the High Court campus by staging protests against the CISF and also inside the court halls.

The relationship between the bar council and the MHAA strained after the bar council suspended 42 advocates from legal practice on charges of misconduct.

The bar association, in turn suspended the bar council chairman from the association’s membership on Friday. The unruly protests by sections of advocates had forced the Madras High Court to order security cover by CISF to the High Court premises.

In the notice to MHAA, the bar council has noted that the association had also supported deployment of CISF in the High Bourt premises, but was now creating hurdles by staging protests against the CISF personnel and not cooperating with them. The bar council has sought the explanation within a week.                                                                            

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