Recently, the Madras High Court came down hard on a lawyer for refusing to vacate his rented premises and protract the case by filing review applications to initiate a legal dispute.
The Bench remarked that it was shameful on the advocate’s part to refuse to vacate the premises despite the landlord’s request. The Court further remarked that the lawyer has proved himself to be a dishonest, wicked and unprincipled person.
Hon’ble Court further stated that the lawyer should act as a gentleman and vacate the premises within thirty days after the landlord requests. The Court further stated that due to the lawyer’s conduct in question, society thinks that advocates were thor rate criminals and rowdies.
In the instant case, the Bench recounted that they had ordered the lawyer to vacate the premises by 19.02.2020. However, the Court was informed that he vacated the premises after one year.
The Court noted that the case was dragged by filing review petitions and that the lawyer was not present in the Court during the hearing of the case. He even wrote a letter to the chief justice two days before Justice Vaidyanathan pronounced his order.
Hon’ble Court also stated that advocates should refrain from defending tenants to safeguard the profession’s reputation.
Lastly, the Court directed the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry to take action against the erring advocate.