The Mysuru Bar Association has passed a resolution on January 14, deciding none of it's members would represent the woman, Nalini Balakumar, who had raised 'Free Kashmir' placard at a protest held in Mysuru University on January 8.
Bar association President, S Anand Kumar, confirmed over the phone about the resolution being passed he said "On the request received from few advocates, the association has passed the resolution that none of the members will provide legal assistance, only in the particular case of the lady." The association has over 3,000 members.
In response to the resolution a group of advocates from Bengaluru have strongly opposed the move. In the statement issued by the advocates it is said that "We condemn such a decision of the association as not only being against professional ethics and the duties of lawyers under the Bar Council of India, rules, but also antithetical to the values embedded in the Constitution Of India. Every person has a right to be represented in the court of law any attempt to prevent or subvert such right is blatant attack on the ideas of the Constitution.
The statement also mentions that Supreme Court in the A S Mohammed Rafi vs State of Tamil Nadu and others has while holding such resolutions as null and void held that they are against all norms of the Constitution the Statute and Professional ethics.