Wednesday, September 30, 2020
Home Law Trouble for senior advocate Prashant Bhushan as Bar Council of India directs examination of...

Trouble for senior advocate Prashant Bhushan as Bar Council of India directs examination of his tweets and explores disciplinary action

The Bar Council of India further reiterated that Bar Council of Delhi must examine the tweets of Prashant Bhushan and proceed as 'expeditiously' as possible.

Days after the Supreme Court of India found senior advocate Prashant Bhushan guilty of contempt, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has directed the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) to scrutinise his tweets and take appropriate action in accordance with the law.

BCI directs BCD to examine tweets of Prashant Bhushan

In a press release on Friday, BCI stated, “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.”

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.

Press release by the Bar Council of India

The provisions of the Advocates law

According to Section 24A of the Advocates Act, a person cannot practice as an advocate or remain on the roll of the Bar Council of a State if he is convicted for an offence that includes ‘moral turpitude’. Section 24 of the Advocates Act states that a lawyer found guilty of professional misconduct can be suspended from practising in courts or have their licenses cancelled altogether.

Supreme Court judgement made provisions for cancellation of licence by BCI

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 Contempt case against Prashant Bhushan

On August 31, the Supreme Court let off convicted senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan, held guilty in contempt of court, with a nominal fine of Re 1. However, the court added that if Bhushan fails to pay a fine of Re 1, he will be sentenced to 3 months in jail and suspension of his lawyering for 3 months. The case pertained to two tweets where Prashant Bhushan had cast aspersions against the Supreme Court and specifically, CJI Bobde.

The court had then granted additional time for Mr Bhushan to consider providing an unconditional apology for his scurrilous remarks. However, in his vanity of portraying himself as Mahatma Gandhi, Mr Bhushan refused to apologise, claiming tendering an apology would tantamount to “contempt of his conscience.” Responding to the Supreme Court verdict asking Prashant Bhushan to pay a token fine of Re 1 for his tweets against the judiciary, the senior lawyer Prashant Bhushan issued a protracted statement, admitting to paying the fine but indicated that he would file a review petition against the order.

  Support Us  

Whether NDTV or 'The Wire', they never have to worry about funds. In name of saving democracy, they get money from various sources. We need your support to fight them. Please contribute whatever you can afford

Searched termsbar council of india
OpIndia Staffhttps://www.opindia.com
Staff reporter at OpIndia

Related Articles

Trending now

Delhi Riots Conspiracy Chargesheet Part 1: Yogendra Yadav, Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, seeds of anarchy laid on 5th and the violence on 13th Dec

7 months after the gruesome riots, the Delhi police has filed the first chargesheet detailing the conspiracy that was hatched to unleash violence in the streets of Delhi.

From “Khoon ki Dalali” to “where is proof”: How opposition parties questioned India’s 2016 Surgical Strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

The elite commandos of Parachute regiment on the intervening night of September 29-30 carried out an attack with clinical precision deep inside the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, destroying 7 terror launch pads

Propaganda War: The undue influence of the Chinese govt over Indian media is a matter of deep concern and requires urgent intervention

Chinese Communist Party has sought to influence individual journalists and media organisations in its bid to alter global perception about China.

PM Modi tears into Congress and others for opposing farm bills, shows how they opposed everything from Ram Mandir to Rafale

PM Modi said that the people opposing the Farm Bill are doing so because the new reforms will finish the source of their black money.

AIIMS report does not rule out murder angle in Sushant Singh Rajput’s death, CBI to begin second leg of investigation soon: Reports

Since most of the evidence was destroyed, the findings has been based on 20% viscera samples of Sushant Singh Rajput

Recently Popular

Sanatana Dharma vs Bollywood on Republic Bharat: Arnab Goswami goes to war

Arnab Goswami has been at the forefront of the campaign against the drag racket in Bollywood and has not pulled any punches.

‘Maal is cigarette and hash are its different brands’, Deepika Padukone makes bizarre claims when confronted with ‘drug’ chats: Report

Deepika Padukone and others were apprised in advance as to what needed to be said during the interrogation, claimed NCB

“Your time of death has come”, radical Islamists attack actress-politician Nusrat Jahan on social media after she poses as Goddess Durga

An Instagram user, Sagar Hossain, questioned Nusrat Jahan, "Why do you support Hindus despite being a Muslim?"

Argentina: Legislator kisses bare breast of his girlfriend during online parliament session, resigns after the video goes viral

Juan Emilio Ameri claimed that he assumed that the camera was off and wanted to check out his girlfriend's new breast implants

Amnesty International, which had links to British govt and Islamist orgs shuts shop in India after it says the govt froze all its accounts:...

The government of India has stated that Amnesty has been receiving foreign funding and donations despite not registering under FCRA.

After Sushant Singh Rajput, another budding Bollywood actor from Bihar found dead, family alleges Mumbai police not cooperating

Akshat Utkarsh, hailing from Sikanderpur in Bihar's Muzaffarpur, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in Mumbai.

MP Forest Department initiates Elephant Adoption Scheme at Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve for adoption of old and retired elephants

Week-long Hathi Mahotsav began in the Bandhavgarh Tiger Reserve on Monday this week during which the elephants in the Reserve will be given a break and will be served.

Denmark Ambassador to India calls out The Hindu for spreading fake news regarding comment by Danish PM over COVID-19 in India

Ambassador of Denmark to India, Freddy Svane, has called a report by The Hindu "twisted news".

Watch: TMC leaders and cadres in West Bengal protest Farm Bills with DJ, dance, gun and blood

With the Durga puja fever setting in TMC cadres were seen dancing and singing as they protested against the farmers bills

All you need to know about the Hathras gang rape case

Dispelling the news on social media, the Hathras police said that victim’s tongue was not cut off but injured.

‘The law applies equally to all and it shall apply to Amnesty International as well,’ MHA gives the dubious NGO a royal dressing down....

Amnesty International had accused the central govt of a witch-hunt against it blaiming them for its decision to wrap up

Delhi Riots Conspiracy Chargesheet Part 1: Yogendra Yadav, Umar Khalid, Sharjeel Imam, seeds of anarchy laid on 5th and the violence on 13th Dec

7 months after the gruesome riots, the Delhi police has filed the first chargesheet detailing the conspiracy that was hatched to unleash violence in the streets of Delhi.

Fact Check: Was Amnesty International forced to shut its operations in India due to its report on the Delhi Riots?

Amnesty International, one of the shadiest non-governmental organisations, was forced to shut down its operations in India on Tuesday

India-China standoff: MEA spokesperson rejects Chinese stand on Line of Actual Control. Read details

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava has stated that the comments by the Chinese Foreign Ministry on the existence of 'only one LAC' ran counter to the bilateral agreements between the two sides.

Fact Check: Did a Muslim lawyer represent Bhagat Singh and a ‘Brahmin RSS’ man fought for the British against him?

Many social media posts and forwards are claiming that a 'Brahmin' RSS lawyer had fought for the British against Bhagat Singh.

From “Khoon ki Dalali” to “where is proof”: How opposition parties questioned India’s 2016 Surgical Strikes in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir

The elite commandos of Parachute regiment on the intervening night of September 29-30 carried out an attack with clinical precision deep inside the Pakistan Occupied Kashmir, destroying 7 terror launch pads

Connect with us

244,181FansLike
456,911FollowersFollow
17,400SubscribersSubscribe