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'Police Leaking Privileged Communication Between Advocate & Clients' : Lawyer's Complaint Before Bar Council

Hannah M Varghese
21 April 2022 2:05 PM GMT
Police Leaking Privileged Communication Between Advocate & Clients : Lawyers Complaint Before Bar Council
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A lawyer has filed a complaint before the Bar Council of Kerala seeking appropriate legal action against the police officers who allegedly leaked privileged communication between lawyers and their clients in the cases involving actor Dileep. This is in light of the reports that suggest that calls between Senior Advocate B. Raman Pillai who represents the actor in most cases and Dileep's...

A lawyer has filed a complaint before the Bar Council of Kerala seeking appropriate legal action against the police officers who allegedly leaked privileged communication between lawyers and their clients in the cases involving actor Dileep.

This is in light of the reports that suggest that calls between Senior Advocate B. Raman Pillai who represents the actor in most cases and Dileep's brother Anoop were leaked to the media. 

In his complaint, Advocate V. Sethunath has stated that the police officers committed illegality by revealing the privileged communication between lawyers and their clients to the media and were acting in furtherance of the same. 

The complaint has also submitted that the police were proceeding taking steps to conduct an inquiry into the privileged communication exchanged between the lawyers and their clients. 

"The police even went to the next step to question the witness to conduct enquiry about the privileged communication between lawyer and his client. No Courts or authorities can conduct enquiry regarding the privileged communication protected by the Indian Evidence Act, 1872," it reads.

The lawyer has contended that the Bar Council has to protect the lawyers from such illegal acts of the Police. 

It was pointed out that the Indian Evidence Act provides protection to the professional communication and confidential communication of a client with their legal advisors, and so does the BCI Rules on Professional Standards. 

The lawyer, therefore, sought a directive to the police officers not to conduct an inquiry into the privileged communications they collected.

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