Bar Council of India has been questioned by the Supreme Court or not taking action against erring lawyers, saying it has become “ineffective” and courts become victims because of such legal practitioners.
“Bar Council has become ineffective. No action is taken against erring lawyers and we have to suffer. We are actually the victim and lawyers are making money,” according to the bench of justices B S Chauhan and Dipak Misra.
The bench made the remarks while refusing to hear anticipatory bail plea of a Mumbai-based businessman, who moved the apex court even after his lawyer had earlier withdrawn the petition.
The bench said that the petitioner can approach the Bar Council or Police and lodge complaint against the lawyer who had withdrawn the petition.
“Lawyers think that they are above law. We are facing such situation every day,” the bench mentioned.
“It is just anticipatory bail plea. Let him first surrender. Let the lawyer first appear before us,” according the bench.
Bar Council of India is the regulating body for practising advocates and frames rules on their professional standards and legal education in the country.