The Bar Council of India has suspended 126 lawyers of Tamil Nadu and prohibited them from practising in any court or tribunal in the country pursuant to its warning that it will suspend those who indulge in boycott and other activities.
The suspended advocates include 21 members of the Joint Action Committee which is spearheading the agitation against the recent amendments made to the statutory rules of the Madras High Court empowering judges to debar erring lawyers.
They shall not be treated as lawyers for any purpose, and their disciplinary proceedings for professional misconduct would be conducted at different places, the BCI said.
The surgical strike by the BCI comes on the eve of lawyers’ call to lay siege to the Madras high court on Monday. They had announced that they would not allow anyone, even judges, to enter the campus.
Those suspended include P Thirumalairajan, chief coordinator of the JAC, and M Velmurugan, former member of Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, Madras High Court Advocates Association secretary Arivazhagan, Women Lawyers Association president Nalini and Egmore Bar Association president Chandan Bab, a release from BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said.
The action was taken at the BCI