BCI suspends 11 more advocates; 54 lawyers suspended in Sambalpur lawyers’ protest

by Dikhyaa Mohanty
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The Bar Council of India (BCI) has suspended 11 additional attorneys with immediate effect in an effort to put greater pressure on the attorneys responsible for recent damage in the Sambalpur courthouse. With this, there are now 54 attorneys who are on administrative leave. The Registrar of the Sambalpur Civil Court identified the individuals via CCTV footage and video clips, and after receiving 11 further names in addition to the 43 other attorneys, the action was done. These attorneys will be prohibited from entering the courthouse after the suspension until further notice.

All other advocates, other from these 54, have been given permission by the BCI to practice in their respective courts. The BCI has also prohibited the suspended attorneys from appearing before any courts, forums, commissions, or tribunals throughout the nation while their licenses are suspended. On or before February 15, 2023, the Secretary of the Bar Council of India has requested an explanation from the 54 suspended attorneys as to why the suspension decision should not be made final. After taking into account their response and speaking with them, a decision will be made on the next step in this situation. An official order said that the suspension order against them will be in effect until then.

A three-person “Fact Finding Committee” has been established to identify the activists who were truly behind the scenes and whose instigation the entire act of violence was. Before January 15, 2023, the Committee must deliver its findings to the Bar Council of India.

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