On Monday, the High Court of Madras stated that there would be zero tolerance towards lawyers who indulge in activities that will spoil the legal profession’s image. This observation was made when the Court was dealing with a case where it was alleged that some lawyers were involved in land grabbing.
The petitioner approached the High Court after police showed reluctance to act against the delinquent lawyers.
Hon’ble Court observed that even though such activities were prevalent in the past, the Court bought the situation under control by suspending the found guilty lawyers.
However, the Bench remarked that this land grabbing practice had begun again during the Covid lockdown period.
When the Court noticed some photographs in the record showing lawyers’ participation in such activities, the Court remarked that they would come down heavily on the erring lawyers before the situation got out of hand.
The Court directed the case to the Bar Council for further action and ordered the authority to protect the petitioner’s property.
Lastly, the Court asked the authority to analyse the videos and photographs of the incident and submit the list of advocates who had gathered at the disputed property.
The Bench stated that this report would form the basis of the complaint that will be forwarded to Bar Council of Tamil Nady and Puducherry. The Court posted the matter for further orders on March 2.
In the instant case, the petitioner filed a complaint about offences under section 419,420,467,468,120B and 109 of IPC., the accused was arrested after the Court dismissed his anticipatory bail application.
However, the prosecution alleged that the accused still instigated people, including the group that tried to grab the land.