Mrunal Manmay Dash

Tightening its nose around the lawyers involved in recent vandalism in Sambalpur court premises, the Bar Council of India (BCI) has suspended 11 more advocates with immediate effect. With this, the total number of suspended lawyers went to 54.

The action was taken after the Registrar of the Sambalpur Civil Court furnished 11 more names apart from the 43 other advocates, who were reportedly involved in the acts of vandalism after identifying them from the CCTV footage and video clips.

Following the suspension, these advocates will not be allowed to enter the Court premises till further orders.

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Besides these 54 advocates, all other advocates have been allowed by the BCI to practice at their respective courts.

The BCI has also barred the suspended lawyers from appearing in all the Courts/Forums/Commissions/Tribunals of the country during the period of the suspension of their licences.

The 54 Advocates, under suspension, have been directed to furnish their explanation before the Secretary, Bar Council of India on or before 15th February, 2023 as to why the order of suspension passed against them be not made absolute. The further decision will be taken in this matter, after consideration of their reply and after hearing them. Till then, the suspension order against them will remain in force, read an official order.

In the meantime, a three-member "Fact Finding Committee" has been constituted to find out the advocates who were really behind the curtain and at whose instigation the entire violence took place.

The Committee has been requested to submit its report to the Bar Council of India before January 15, 2023.

(Reported By Sanjay Jena, OTV)