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Can MPs MLAs MLCs Practice Advocacy?

Staff reporter, New Delhi
11/01/2018   0 Comments

A Delhi based BJP leader, Ashwini Upadhyay, also a Supreme Court advocate, filed a plea regarding a notice according to which anybody who is a Member of Parliament, Legislative Assembly or Legislative Council drawing salary from the government cannot be allowed to practice as per the rules of the Bar Council of India (BCI) and the Advocates Act. With an aim to find a solution to the above mentioned notice, the Bar Council set up a three-member sub-committee consisting of BCI co-chairmen BC Thakur, RC Shah, D P Dhal and S Prabhakaran.

“The committee, after considering the representation of the petitioner, has decided to issue notice to the MPs/MLAs and has invited their comments with regard to the representation. The Council has thought it just and proper to seek the comments of those MPs, MLAs or MLCs who are in legal practice, before taking any final decision in this matter. It is a very important issue which may have far reaching effects”, the Bar Council statement stated.

Decision regarding the said matter will be taken at the Council meeting on January 21, 2018.

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