Allahabad HC Seeks Reply on Plea Challenging Dress Code of Advocates

The present dress code of lawyers has been challenged in the Allahabad High Court by filing a PIL.  

On the said petition, the court, while issuing notices to the Bar Council of India, ordered the High Court administration and the Central Government to file a reply to all the respondents and adjourned the hearing of the case till August 18.

The said order was passed by the division bench of Justice Devendra Kumar Upadhyay and Justice Ajay Kumar Srivastava-I on the Petition filed by Advocate Ashok Pandey.  

According to the petitioner, in his petition, he has challenged the rule of the Bar Council in which provision has been made for lawyers to wear black coat, gown and band in the court room.

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The petitioner has said that this provision was made in view of the Bar Council of India’s right to decide the dress for the advocates.  However Climatic conditions should be taken care of while deciding the dress for lawyers.  

But the Bar Council fixed the same dress code for the whole country for who year. The petitioner says that in India, there is a summer season for 9 months in all areas and 12 months in some areas, therefore fixing same dress code of all seasons is violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India.

Case Details: P.I.L. CIVIL No. – 14907 of 2021

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