BCI resolution prohibits lawyer-MPs from appearing before judges they seek to impeach

BCI is the apex body regulating legal profession

In a significant decision, the Bar Council of India has (BCI) has sought debarment of lawyer-MPs from appearing before judges of the top court as well as of the High Courts, whose impeachment they might be seeking.

This was the resolution passed by the general council meeting of BCI.

The BCI is the apex body regulating legal profession and it said that the MPs and MLAs could not be banned from practising law but they should be restrained from appearing before a judge whose removal they seek.

The decision assumes significance in view of the news reports that opposition parties are gathering signatures to impeach the Supreme Court Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.

The BCI resolution would impact senior lawyers P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, Vivek Tankha from Congress party as well as KTS Tulsi and Majeed Memon (NCP) who are backing the move.

The decision was taken on the basis of the recommendation of a sub-committee of BCI set up to look into the petition of BJP member Ashwini Upadhyay that sitting MPs and MLAs should be barred from practising in courts.

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