Bar Council forms a panel to probe into the complaint on misuse of Sr. Advocate title by accused Chidambaram and Wife

BCI has formed a probe panel to look into a complaint against Chidambaram by noted journalist J Gopikrishnan

BCI has formed a probe panel to look into a complaint against Chidambaram by noted journalist J Gopikrishnan
BCI has formed a probe panel to look into a complaint against Chidambaram by noted journalist J Gopikrishnan

The Bar Council of India (BCI) formed a four-member committee to probe into the complaint against former Finance Minister P Chidambaram and his wife Nalini Chidambaram for misusing the Senior Advocate title. The BCI general council meeting on Sunday discussed the matter and formed the Committee headed by BCI Co-Chairman S Prabhakaran. The other members of the committee are senior advocates Ved Sharma, Shylendra Dubey, and Srimali. The BCI has asked the four-member panel to submit the report in four weeks[1].

The BCI’s move came after the complaint filed by noted journalist J Gopikrishnan of the Pioneer newspaper to the Chief Justice of India in January. In June, the Supreme Court has asked the BCI to examine the complaint of the journalist.

In a detailed complaint to Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, the journalist said that both husband-wife are accused in many cases misusing the Senor Advocate title granted by the court. In his petition, Gopikrishnan said that Chidambaram appeared in the trial court as an accused wearing his Sr. Advocate robes. The complaint detailed how courts are “benevolent” to the many-cases-accused husband and wife.

“Mr. P Chidambaram and his wife Mrs. Nalini Chidambaram are holding the title of Senior Advocate granted by the Supreme Court of India. Now both persons are charge-sheeted as accused for various corruption, money laundering and holding black money related cases by CBI, ED and Income Tax.

On January 11, 2019, Mr. Chidambaram, who is an accused in Aircel-Maxis case appeared in the Senior Advocate’s uniform in the trial court (2G Court) when his advocates Kapil Sibal & Abhishek Singhvi were arguing on the anticipatory bail application, which is challenged by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Enforcement Directorate (ED). It is unethical for a Senior Advocate title holding person to appear in a trial court in Senior Advocates’ dress where he is an Accused. Here Chidambaram appeared as an accused while his advocates were arguing for him. He should have come in normal dress when he is charged as accused. This is a clear misuse of holding Senior Advocate Designation by an accused who is charge-sheeted under the Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Prevention of Money Laundering Act. I was also present in the trial court and there are many video visuals aired by TV channels showing Chidambaram coming to trial court wearing the dress of a Senior Advocate designation,” said the Journalist. The detailed complaint is published at the end of this report.

The complaint also detailed how the 2G Court Judge O P Saini was giving favours to Chidambaram and the Madras High Court was helping Nalini Chidambaram. It also accused Delhi High Court of showing favours to Chidambaram in the INX Media bribery case.  “Respected Chief Justice of India, such kind of benevolence from Courts expected for a common citizen?” asked the Journalist, demanding the cancellation of Senior Advocate title given to Chidambaram and wife, till the end of the trial. He also demanded: “Implement an Annual Affidavit from all Senior Advocate Designated persons about any cases against them, if any and withhold if there is any cases which are serious of nature.”

The detailed complaint is published below:

Complaint to CJI on PC Senior Advocate Designation dtd Jan 16, 2019-page-001
Complaint to CJI on PC Senior Advocate Designation dtd Jan 16, 2019-page-001

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References:

[1] Complaint against P Chidambaram and wife: BCI forms probe panelAug 11, 2019, The Times of India

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18 COMMENTS

  1. Hope Modi.2.0 Trio: Nirmala S, Amit Shah, Modi Combo is firm, smart and dynamic in weeding out the Corrupts at the top, as the dark dangerous wolves of India have been allowed to freely roam clad in stocky starched white attire raising the stench of India “ad nauseum” to the highest. One ponders whether the top political, bureaucratic, judicial and corporate elite of India have come togther to protect the crooks amongst themselves, having a hearty laugh at the Aam Admi of India. Arrogance at display as the Ace Accused is Allowed to Don & Act like a Senior Lawyer. Laughable India is not capable of dealing with Corrupt Crooks in courts

  2. Complaint was given in January 2019 and cji asked to look into the matter in June by bci!
    And now is mid August and so far they are looking into it and are supposed to submit report in four weeks from the time they start looking into it !
    All this is a joke
    We can deduce that nothing damaging will come from this report and PC and his wife will be exonerated and they will thumb their fingers and go after the journalist in a revenge

  3. I HAVE TOTALLY LOST FAITH IN THE ENTIRE JUDICIARY, AS THESE BIG WOLVES, BIG LOOTERS, ARE STILL WALKING FREE OUT ON BAIL FOR THE nTH TIME, TAKING THEIR WILL OUT IN THE MOST TOLERANT, LIBERAL INDIA , BE IT ON 370, ANTI-HINDU STATEMENTS, NaMo-INTOLERANCE AND WHAT NOT. UNTIL THESE PEOPLE ARE JAILED FOR 100+ YEARS AND THEIR ENTIRE WEALTH CONFISCATED, NaMo’S AGENDA WILL BE UNFINISHED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. Sir, fight is long bar council is filled with these ITALIAN, OPUS DEI VATICAN, ISI, DAWOOD COURT FIXERS, BY NOW MONEY OR WOMEN WOULD HAVE BEEN OFFERED, INCLUDING UNDERAGE GIRLS AND MAYBE BOYS TO BCI

  5. I am unable to count how many times court has granted shield to P Chidambaram n Karti Chidambaram n Very wel said that judges are on their payroll . Supreme court should take cognizance of this .

    • 26 times from Saini court, if accused he will shout, I AM SECULAR, so entitled citizen for even raping a child. @IANKURP has put a list of no’s of times bail has been granted, 26 for PC, 22 for BC, 5 for mc, total 50+

  6. There is a technical difference between “appearance” and “attendance”. There is restriction against ” Appearance” by advocate “in person” as a party, in advocates uniform. In this case, he attended in uniform, while appearance was done by his lawyers. There’s no restriction at all!
    Secondly, granting anticipatory bail is not an impediment to conducting a probe. In fact anticipatory bail is granted on a condition that the accused will cooperate with the probe. Arrest is not at all necessary for a probe.

  7. The malaise is not the lower court judge Saini and the Madras HC alone. The Higher Judiciary is in disconnect with Law, Justice and the Society of which it is a part having become a privileged private club. A society had a right to decide how it’s judges must be appointed and there is a conflict if interest if Lawyers and Judges are even involved in any way in the appointment of Judges bar the consultant opinion of the CJI which is consultation and not concurrence. After the NJAC ‘judgement’ one of the pillars of the Constitution, the Judiciary, has been rendered non legitimate.

  8. CBI Judge Saini is in the payroll of UPA Mafia. CJI should withdraw all cases under Saini’s hearing.

    60 to 70% of the Judges in the Madras HC are ERRAND BOYS of Chidambaram.

    Center should step up SURVEILLANCE & SHADOWING on the activities & the properties of the HC Judges.

  9. PGurus must undertake an investigation of O.P.Saini, also on how he let the 2G scam accused off the hook citing lack of evidence when CBI had in their possession painstakingly collected clinching evidence against them.

    • Thanks to people (feel sorry for not being able to mention ‘journalists’ instead of people) like Mr J Gopikrishnan for taking up to correct a conscious misconduct by a former senior minister.
      Considering the social status of the accused and the damage they cause through their silly behaviour, the punishment should be truly severe.

  10. Simply for forwarding a message by a resident of pondicheri, which was against the duo’s son amassing wealth stealthily, the man in question saw him arrested but this culprit is still at large at the soft corner of courts on a countless adjournments proves courts are for only the hapless common but not for moneyed, influenced politicians

  11. Ordinary citizens don’t know the impact of PC’s dress in the court while appearing as accused and while facing charges. But definitely there is some strange and dubious think about PC and son getting bail by drop of a hat. He must get into Limca Record of books for getting anticipatory bails without being asked any question. Is judiciary very kind or is it too crease-able?

  12. Dear PGurus Team,
    Koti-koti Pranam. A mere thought of the selfless service rendered by PGurus team fills my heart with pride. The eagle view provided here is extraordinarily fearless. Please continue the good work. My best wishes to the team.
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