On Monday, the Bar Council of Delhi handed down an eight-week suspension to a lawyer for soliciting work by pasting/painting his mobile number on public walls.
The lawyer in question, Shakeel Khan, advertised himself as a “divorce specialist and court matters” and had pasted his mobile numbers on public walls of the South Delhi region.
A show cause has been issued to the lawyer as to why his name should not be removed from the rolls permanently.
A preliminary order was passed after conducting a preliminary enquiry against the advocate. During the enquiry, another fact was discovered that the advocate had published his number on the internet as well.
The lawyer was contacted on his mobile number, after which it was concluded that prima facie the lawyer was guilty of professional misconduct.
According to the BCD, the advocate was in gross violation of Rule 36, which prohibits an advocate from soliciting work, advertising, communication, circulation etc.
The lawyer is also accused of violating the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act as well.
In its note, the BCD has stated that an Advocate was an officer of Court and the legal profession was not a business of trade.