The Allahabad High Court Bar Association on Thursday issued show cause notice to Advocate Ritesh Srivastava, allegedly for damaging High Court property and making "indecent remarks" against sitting High Court Judges and Senior Members of the Bar on social media.
Few members of the HCBA have proposed to initiate disciplinary action against Srivastava for his "unbecoming conduct" as a member and he has been asked to submit his reply within 15 days.
As per the letter of allegations, Srivastava has constantly published inappropriate and vulgar remarks against high court Judges and Senior Advocates on social media, over the past few years.
It is alleged that during the last few days, Srivastava misbehaved with the High Court Registrar, breached office arrangement and damaged High Court property (such as computers, etc.). He is also accused of defaming President of the HCBA, Senior Advocate Armendra Nath Singh, General Secretary of the HCBA, Prabhashankar Mishra and other members of the Bar, both on social media, as well as in person at Ambedkar Crossing, Allahabad.
The letter states that not only Srivastava's conduct is unbecoming of a member but he has also acted in complete derogation of the restrictive guidelines enforced by the Government amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Further it is alleged that in complete disregard of public safety amid the pandemic, Srivastava held a sit-in demonstration in front of the High Court premises. An FIR in the matter has been registered against him at the Civil Lines Police Station.
This is not the first time that the HCBA has taken action against Srivastava. As mentioned in the letter, his membership to the Bar was cancelled in the year 2014, in view of similar allegations. However, it was reinstated based upon his reassurance to not indulge in such activities in the future.
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