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No action against advocates till final call on new rules

Published: 09th June 2016 04:07 AM  |   Last Updated: 09th June 2016 04:07 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: No penal action will be taken against any advocate under the newly framed disciplinary rules till a final decision is taken on the issue, it is learnt.

The much-awaited positive news was announced by the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry chairman D Selvam at a hurried press meet at its premises on Wednesday.

After meeting the Chief Justice S K Kaul for instructions, Selvam told the media that the assurance would be more than enough for lawyers in the State not to go on agitation.

No action had been taken based on the rules so far and it would not be done until a final decision was taken after considering the representations of various Bar associations in the State, Selvam said.

The CJ’s word should be taken as an assurance, he said and appealed to the agitating advocates not to yield to certain ‘vested interests’ and take part in any agitation on the issue.

He said the Bar Council had now written to all the Bar associations in subordinate courts in the districts asking them to forward their suggestions on the new rules.

The last date for receiving the suggestions was June 17, Selvam said, adding that all the representations would be compiled and submitted to the Chief Justice. Justice Kaul had made it clear that the suggestions received from lawyers and associations would be forwarded to the rules committee for favourable consideration.

Earlier, the Madras High Court Advocates Association (MHAA)  president R C Paul Kanagaraj told the media that leaders of various Bar associations would meet in  Tiruchi on June 16 and draft a representation to be submitted to the High Court.

“We are against boycott, which we too think should be the last resort as mandated by the Supreme Court,” he added and pointed out that even during the June 6 rally in the city, the lawyers ensured that court work was not affected.

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