Friday, March 6, 2015

Bar council issues notice to defence lawyers for Nirbhaya film remarks

The Bar Council of India (BCI) on late Friday night issued show-cause notices to two lawyers who had appeared for the accused in the December 16 gang-rape case for allegedly making derogatory anti-women remarks.

"We have issued the show-cause notices to ML Sharma and AP Singh for their alleged remarks made in the (BBC) documentary," BCI chairman Manan Kumar Mishra said.

The lawyers' apex body took the decision around Friday midnight after its executive committee meeting in which it was found that there is a "prima facie" case of professional misconduct against these lawyers.

The notices have been issued under a provision of the Advocates Act and their licences to practice may be cancelled if BCI is not satisfied with their response.

Leslee Udwin, director of the documentary 'India's Daughter', gestures during a press conference in New Delhi on March 3. 

Meanwhile, advocate Sharma refuted the charge, saying he has said nothing wrong to anybody.

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