Chennai, Aug 13: Tamil Nadu Bar Council has reportedly suspended the license of an advocate couple allegedly for overtaking the car of a High Court judge and arguing with his driver.
“Whereas a necessity has arisen in public interest to place both of you under interim suspension of practice prohibiting you to practice in any court or tribunal or quasi-judicial tribunal within the territory of India until further orders to protect and uphold the confidence and faith of the people on the hon’ble judges and judiciary,” the order stated as per a news report.
The Bar Council has given the duo a time period of 15 days to respond to the charges. The order has also been communicated to the Registrar General of the Madras High Court.
“If no suitable explanation is received within 15 days from the date of receipt of this order, the matter will be referred to the disciplinary committee for enquiry under Section 42 of the Advocates Act, 1961,” read the order.
The order was passed following a complaint by the personal security officer (PSO) of the High Court judge, claims a media report.
As per the complaint, advocate Thirumathi L Shika Sarmadan and her lawyer husband S Sahul Hameed were travelling in a car. During the ride, Hameed allegedly overtook the car in which the HC judge was travelling and stopped in front of the vehicle to scold the driver.
The matter didn’t end here as three days later, the couple went to the official residence of the judge and quarrelled with the driver once again.
The Bar Council’s notice to the lawyer-couple, demanding their explanation, said, “The conduct of both of you as set out in the complaint dated 04.08.2018 given by the PSO of the hon’ble judge of Madras High Court is not only shocking but would prima facie, amount to gross professional misconduct.”