Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 23
Weeks after activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan was convicted of contempt of court docket for his tweets towards CJI SA Bobde and 4 former CJIs, the Bar Council of Delhi (BCD) has requested him to clarify why proceedings shouldn’t be initiated to revoke his enrolment as a lawyer.
In its September 18 resolution, the BCD requested Bhushan to seem both personally or by means of video conferencing on October 23 at four pm. He has been given 15 days to reply from the date of receiving the BCD discover. The BCD discover grew to become public after Bhushan tweeted about it.
As a state bar council, it’s the BCD which has issued licence to Bhushan authorising him to practise legislation.
Invoking Section 24A (Disqualification for enrolment) and Section 35 of the Advocates Act, 1961, the BCD requested Bhushan to clarify why disqualification proceedings “not initiated against you in view of your tweets in question and conviction under Suo motu Contempt Petition by the Supreme Court of India.”
The Supreme Court had on August 31 ordered him to pay a positive of Re 1 by September 15 for contempt of court docket, failing which he might be despatched to jail for 3 months and debarred from practising earlier than it for 3 years.
The Bar Council of India (BCI) — which regulates the authorized occupation in India — had earlier directed the BCD Bar to “examine” the Supreme Court’s resolution convicting Bhushan of contempt of court docket and proceed as per legislation and guidelines “as expeditiously as possible”.
He had paid the Re 1 positive on September 14 and filed a petition searching for evaluation of the highest court docket’s verdict convicting him of scandalising the judiciary by his controversial tweets.
“Just because I’m paying the fine does not mean I have accepted the verdict,” Bhushan – who can be dealing with one other legal contempt case—had mentioned.