The Supreme Court, last week, upheld an order passed by Bar Council of India dismissing a complaint alleging professional misconduct by a lawyer.
Bindu Kumar Mohanlal Shah was the counsel for defendant in a suit filed by one Harmanbhai Umedbhai Patel against a person who allegedly encroached a property which was a 'gaucher land'.
The complaint before the Bar Council was that the lawyer issued a public notice which has misled the public about the nature of title of the property. The lawyer had issued a public notice that Vithalbhai Babarbhai Patel was declared as the owner of the said land.
Bar Council of India dismissed the complaint finding that there was no misconduct on the part of the lawyer.
Assailing the order in appeal before the Apex Court,the complainant contended that an advocate has not only a duty to his client but to the Court and society as well. Reliance was placed on two earlier judgments of the Supreme Court in 2001 (2) SCC 221 D.P. Chadha versus Triyugi Narain Mishra and 2016 (6) SCC 1 titled State of Punjab and Anr. Versus Brijeshwar Singh Chahal. In DP Chadha, it was observed that a lawyer in discharging his professional assignment has a duty to his client, a duty to his opponent, a duty to the court, a duty to the society at large and a duty to himself.
Perusing the Public notice issued by the Advocate, the bench comprising Justices L. Nageswara Rao, Hemant Gupta and S. Ravindra Bhat said: "Though the respondent-advocate did not mention the name of his client in the public notice, the Disciplinary Committee of the Bar Council of India was right in holding that the respondent did not commit any moral turpitude amounting to any professional misconduct. "
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