The Chairman of the Bar Council of India (BCI) Senior Advocate Manan Kumar Mishra on Friday told a bench comprising Justices DY Chandrachud and MR Shah that it has convened a meeting with all bar councils to discuss proposing rules to curtail the protests and court boycotts by lawyers in the country, Live Law reported.
The BCI informed the Supreme Court on Friday that the proposal to make rules against the strikes by lawyers will also include clauses directing towards taking action against bar associations who act in breach and also against lawyers who promote any such strikes using social media platforms.
“We convened meeting of all bar council with BCI. We propose to frame rules to curb strikes and boycotts and rules to punish members of bar Association who go on strike without proper justification”, Mishra said to the Bench.
Mishra has been known to use his office to bring about a clampdown on genuine criticism and protests in the past as well.
The court on Mishra’s request adjourned the matter to the third week in September. BCI will be filing an affidavit describing the steps taken by the Council for the issue.
“Mr Manan Kumar Mishra who is also Chairperson of BCI has appeared in pursuance of previous order. He submits that in compliance with prior directions was delayed due to onset of pandemic. A meeting has been convened by BCI with all Bar councils. BCI proposes to form rules to curtail strikes by advocates, propose action against bar association who act in breach & propose action against advocates who promote strikes on social media”, the order read.
Earlier the Supreme Court in February 2020 took suo moto cognisance of the issue of consistent strikes by lawyers and issued notices to the Bar Council of India and all the State Bar Councils calling for suggestions about the course of action and to give concrete suggestions to deal with the problem of strikes/abstaining the work by the lawyers.