The Bar Council of Delhi has temporarily suspended an Advocate’s License to practice on the ground of allegedly advertising his services/ soliciting work by pasting his mobile number on the public walls of entire South Delhi.
The Council has suspended the license of one Shakeel Khan, who is enrolled as an Advocate with it since the year 1994, for “gross violation” of Rule 36 of Bar Council of India Rules which prescribes the Standards of professional conduct and etiquette.
The provision against Advocate Advertising his Services requires Advocates not to solicit work or advertise, either directly or indirectly, whether by circulars, advertisements, touts, personal communications, interviews not warranted by personal relations, furnishing or inspiring newspaper comments or producing his photographs to be published in connection with cases in which he has been engaged or concerned.
Advocate Advertising his Services is also said to have violated the provisions of the Delhi Prevention of Defacement of Property Act, 2007. Section 3 of the Act states that whoever defaces any property in public view by writing or marking with ink, chalk, paint or any other material except for the purpose of indicating the name and address of the owner or occupier of such property, shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to one year, or with fine which may extend to fifty thousand rupees, or with both.
The Council intimated that on conducting a preliminary enquiry on Advocate Advertising his Services it was found that there is one website also in which Khan has given his mobile number, which he has painted on the public walls.