9 lawyers suspended by Bar Council of TN on fraud and abduction charges

The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry by way of an interim order has restrained nine advocates charged with penal offences, from practicing in courts, tribunal or before any authority in India.

The Bar Council had taken disciplinary proceedings against the nine lawyers on charges of job racketing, child abduction and other illegal activities.They will not be able to practice before any courts and tribunals till the disciplinary proceedings initiated against them are disposed.

In a notification issued on December 6, the Bar Council said that the lawyers cannot practice till the disposal of the disciplinary proceedings initiated against them by the bar body.

The notification stated,

“It is hereby notified for the general information of the public that the Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had passed prohibitory order against the following advocates from practicing as advocates in all courts, tribunals and other authorities in India either in their name or in any assumed name.”

The suspended advocates are V. Nandagopalan, A. Prabhu, S. Perumal, R. Raja, A. Ramesh, P. Pon Pandiyan, S. Muthachi, Roja Ramkumar and T. Arun Pandian.

Here are the charges:

• Adv Perumal was barred for collecting 9.1 lakh rupees from public and promising job in Anna University. He had even forged a job offer letter of Anna University, as per a complaint.
• Nandagopalan was suspended following a complaint by a client that the lawyer had misappropriated a huge amount of money.
• Adv Raja was suspended on a complaint that was serious in nature regarding misbehaviour as a lawyer.
• Pon Pandian , Muthachi and Ramesh were suspended on charges of accepting money and offering job at Madras High Court and Thiruvarur court.
• Prabhu was suspended on charges of kidnapping a child.
• Roja and Arun Pandian were suspended on charges of involvement in a crime against children.

The Bar Council of Tamil Nadu and Puducherry had earlier, suspended six lawyers from practising before any court or tribunal, as they were facing criminal proceedings under the Indian Penal Code on charges ranging from suppression of information, attempt to murder and cases under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act).

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