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Supreme Court ruling: Lawyers' body summons Prashant Bhushan

The Bar Council of Delhi has issued summons to advocate PrashantBhushan to appear before it next month and also

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  24 Sep 2020 5:14 AM GMT

The Bar Council of Delhi has issued summons to advocate PrashantBhushan to appear before it next month and also asked why disciplinary proceedings should not be initiated against him to revoke his enrolment as a lawyer in view of his conviction by the Supreme Court for his contemptuous tweets. "You are required to appear in person or through an authorised advocate on your behalf on October 23 at 4 P.M. in the office of the Council for personal hearing. You may appear physically or through virtual conferencing as suited to you," Delhi's bar body wrote in a letter dated September 21. The activist-lawyer has also been directed to send his response, within 15 days, after the letter's receipt as to why "disciplinary proceedings may not be initiated against him under Sections 24A and 35A of the Advocates' Act, 1961 for his tweets and in view of the contempt of court verdict." "In case the Council does not receive any reply or response from you (Bhushan) within the aforesaid time period, it will be taken that you do not wish to file the reply. In case you do not choose to appear before the Council on the date fixed, the proceedings shall be taken ex-parte," it added. The state Bar Council grants a license to a person to practice as a lawyer and has powers to either suspend or take away this right of its members, under certain situations, under the Advocates Act. (IANS)

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