Notice Issued to BCI in Plea Against Standing Counsel for taking Private Briefs

A writ petition under Article 226 of Constitution Of India was filed in the Calcutta High Court on 21.09.2020.  The petitioner had alleged that Respondent number 3, who is a panel advocate of  Union Of India, is also accepting briefs from clients and by doing so has violated the terms of his engagement.

The Hon’ble Judge heard the contentions raised by the petitioner and opined that there was substance in the contentions raised by him and has admitted the case.

The matter was heard by Justice Bibek Chadhuri, who has directed the Central Government, Bar Council of West Bengal, Bar Council of India, Standing Counsel Mr. Sayantan Basu and other Respondents, to file their Affidavit/reply within 3 weeks.

The order has been passed on the Petitioner filed by one Kanishk Sinha, who alleged that Mr. Sayantan Basu, a panel Advocate for Union of India, has been appearing against the Government in various cases as Proxy Cousel.

It has been submitted that Mr. Basu has acted in contravention of Rule 4 Rule 8 of Bar Council of India Rules, regulating the conduct of the Advocates.

The Petitioner further placed reliance upon an Office Memorandum dated 08.02.2018, , which restricts the panel lawyers of Union of India from accepting briefs in which the interest of Government is involved

Now the case will be listed after 8 weeks

Case Details

Case Title: Kanishka Sinha Vs. The Bar Council of India & Ors

Case No.: WPA 6750 of 2020

Date of Order: 21.09.2020

Quorum: Hon’ble Mr. Justice Bibek Chaudhary

Appearance: Kanishk Sinha ( Petitioner in Person )

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