CHENNAI: The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry on Thursday told the first bench of the Madras High Court that it would not urge lawyers to abstain from courts, indulge in any agitation or disrupt any court activity in the State to register their protest against the recommendations of Law Commission of India.
“In view of this undertaking, we do not think it is necessary to pass any order restraining the Council from holding any meeting,” the bench of Chief Justice Indira Banerjee and Justice M Sundar said and disposed of a PIL from advocate K Muthuramalingam.
The petitioner has been under suspension for his alleged unruly behaviour against CISF personnel, who were deployed in the Madras High Court from November 16, 2015. Alleging double standards, he moved the HC to restrain the State Bar Council from holding any meeting on April 16, as scheduled.
The Bar Council of India in New Delhi had issued letters to Secretaries of all State Bar Councils informing them about the agitation organised by it to protest against the recommendations of Law Commission with regard to amendment to Advocates Act and the conduct of the advocates.
As per the letter, the State Bar Council is to convene a meeting with representatives of all associations on April 16 to make them aware of the agitation programme.
The meeting is to be held at the headquarters of the State Bar council in Chennai, where a decision will be taken with regard to conducting a signature campaign demanding rejection of the recommendations.
When the PIL came up before the bench, TN Bar Council counsel Pothiraj told the bench that the Council would not call upon advocates to abstain from courts, or disrupt any activities in courts in the State.