Bombay HC refuses to stay proceedings against advocate Gunaratna Sadavarte for 'professional misconduct'

Bombay HC refuses to stay proceedings against advocate Gunaratna Sadavarte for 'professional misconduct'

The judges said they will not take over the jurisdiction of the Bar Council Committee merely because the petitioner believed it had political colour.

FPJ News ServiceUpdated: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 12:21 AM IST
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Gunaratna Sadavarte | Pic courtesy: ANI

The Bombay High Court on Tuesday refused to stay disciplinary proceedings against Advocate Gunaratna Sadavarte by the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa (BCMG) for alleged professional misconduct.

๐—ช๐—ถ๐—น๐—น ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐˜€๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ฎ๐—น ๐˜๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ: ๐—›๐—–

A division bench of Justices Gautam Patel and Neela Gokhale said Sadavarte will not be given special treatment merely because he is an advocate and alleges the complaint is politically motivated.

It further said that it did not find any procedural infirmity with the BCMGโ€™s notice.

๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐˜‚๐˜€๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ

A complaint was filed by Advocate Susheel Manchekar against Sadavarte stating that he is seen wearing his advocateโ€™s band during television debates, public events and agitations in violations of the ethics code.

The BCMG, on February 7, issued a notice to Sadavarte.

During the hearing on Tuesday, BCMGโ€™s counsel Milind Sathe informed the court that the Bar Council would be pursuing the complaint.

As per an earlier HC direction, another complaint against Sadavarte was dismissed by the BCMG.

๐—”๐—น๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฏ๐˜† ๐—ฆ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜ƒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ฒ'๐˜€ ๐—น๐—ฎ๐˜„๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—ฟ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—น ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฒ ๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ธ๐˜€ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜

Advocate Subhash Jha for Sadavarte submitted that the complaint has been filed by someone who has nothing to do with him. The court was irked after Jha made allegations against Bar Council members and sought time citing some technical error.

The judges said they will not take over the jurisdiction of the Bar Council Committee merely because the petitioner believed it had political colour.

The high court admitted Sadavarteโ€™s petition and expedited the matter.

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