The Supreme Court has asked the Law Commission to review “all relevant aspects” relating to the law governing the legal profession, including issues like professional misconduct by lawyers, in consultation with all stakeholders.
“We request the Law Commission of India to go into all relevant aspects relating to regulation of legal profession in consultation with all concerned at an early date.
“We hope the Government of India will consider taking further appropriate steps in the light of report of the Law Commission within six months thereafter. The Central Government may file an appropriate affidavit in this regard within one month after expiry of one year,” a three-judge bench headed by Justice Anil R Dave said.
The bench, also comprising Justices Kurian Joseph and Adarsh Kumar Goel, sought a review of the Advocates Act under which the the lawyers are governed.
The direction came in a verdict by which the apex court upheld the conviction of a Uttar Pradesh-based advocate for criminal contempt for intimidating and threatening a civil judge in Etah.
The bench upheld the decision of the Allahabad High Court convicting advocate Mahipal Singh Rana of criminal contempt.
It also affirmed the direction of the High Court that Rana shall not be permitted to appear in courts in Etah district until he undergoes the punishment for the contempt.
The direction assumes importance in the context of the recent instances of alleged violence by lawyers in Delhi and Chennai and strikes by lawyers in different parts of the country including Telangana.
( Source – PTI )